Sustainable Communities Committee
To Meet Friday, Nov. 11
For the past six years, UCSB has sponsored a Central Coast Sustainability Summit for the three local counties. Five League members attended the one Oct. 17, and on we will report on what we learned at our committee meeting at 10 am on Nov. 11. The biggest surprise of the conference was the talk of widespread use of hydrogen batteries. Apparently they are finally perfecting these so they can be used to power cars and large buildings.
Four members of our committee have also been attending all the hearings on the new development
proposals under the City of Santa Barbara's program called Average Unit Density, (AUD) which gives developers more density than previously allowed if they build smaller rental apartments. There are now 1,300 units in the permitting pipeline, many more than ever expected. How the city will handle this sudden increase in growth is not clear, and the League's Water Committee made a strong statement about our current drought situation at the last hearing. We will discuss those issues at this meeting.
We also consider new developments in the energy area, or the oil projects being proposed. In order to
have longer term parking, we meet at Encina Royale senior community just off Fairview avenue in Goleta. Everyone is welcome to join us there, on the second Friday morning every month except December. Call me at 967-4720 if you need further directions.
Connie Hannah, Chair, Sustainable Communities Committee