The Biltmore Now Says It’s Closed for an “Extensive Renovation”

••• Space Home & Garden has opened in the former Coastal View New office at 4856 Carpinteria Avenue: According to the proprietors, it has “a ‘gallery-type’ feeling, featuring unique furniture, lighting, artwork and decor for indoors and out.” For now, it’s by appointment only, but it’ll open to the public once it’s allowed to.

••• The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has a new message on its website: “The Resort is currently closed while it undergoes an extensive renovation. We anticipate reopening in 2021 and look forward to welcoming you then.”

••• The Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects released the results off its survey about State Street. There were 4,764 respondents, and the vast majority want to keep State Street closed to cars (or even expand it).

••• The August 26 meeting of the county’s Planning Commission includes an appeal regarding a 5.6-acre cannabis farm on the western edge of Carpinteria (1540 Cravens Lane): “Hearing on the request of Judy Dean on behalf of Concerned Carpinterians, Appellant, to consider Case No. 19APL-00000-00022, an appeal of the approval of Case No. 19CDP-00000-00052 by the Director of the Planning and Development Department (herein after Director), in compliance with Section 35-182 of Article II, the Coastal Zoning Ordinance. The proposed Project is a request for approval of a Coastal Development Permit to allow approximately 3.95 acres of mixed-light cannabis cultivation in existing greenhouse structures, approximately 1.50 acres of cannabis nursery area in existing greenhouse structures, and ancillary cultivation activities (i.e., drying, trimming, and storage of cannabis) within existing agricultural accessory structures totaling 6,150 square feet. The total cannabis cultivation area (as defined by Article II) would be approximately 5.60 acres in size.” That’s right about where you get a big skunk whiff on the 101.

••• An update from the Montecito Association about the county Board of Supervisors’s recent discussion about debris basins: “The board considered the information contained in the Final Environmental Impact Report and approved the Randall Rd Debris Basin identified as the preferred alternative. They also adopted the Proposed Debris Basin and associated mitigation measures. Debris basin improvement projects approved: San Ysidro Debris Basin—approve South Coast Habit Restoration as the Project Co-Sponsor for the Urban Streams Restoration Program Grant for the San Ysidro Debris. Basin Improvement Project. Increase funding to $398k. Cold Spring Debris Basin Improvement Project—increased funding to $416k. Romero Creek Debris Basin Improvement Project—increase by $438k.”

••• From the city: “The City of Santa Barbara is seeking individuals to serve on the various City Advisory Groups. Currently, the City has 32 advisory groups and the members of these groups play an important role in shaping our community. […] Currently, the City has 79 vacancies on the City Advisory Groups. If you’re interested in serving, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 564-5309. Additional information, including a list of the current vacancies and an online application, may be obtained at (Boards and Commissions page).” The deadline is October 9.


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