Granada Plaza Ribbon Cutting

  SEPPS Senior Planner Steve Fort attended the ribbon cutting for Plaza Granada, the new gateway to Santa Barbara’s theater and arts district. The Plaza Granada features new landscaping and lighting, decorative walkway and driveway treatments, and a stunning mural painted by local muralists. Plaza Granada is the culmination of several years of dedication and...

Model Adaptive Reuse Housing Project, 16 W. Mission St.

SEPPS Senior Planner Heidi Jones secured a City of Santa Barbara approval for this 23-unit rental housing project in early 2020. The existing mixed-use building was prime for adaptive reuse and resulted in providing much needed rental housing stock in the city. Utilizing the City’s Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) program and State Density Bonus Law...

Central Coast APA Awards Night- celebrating Paul Wack!

Laurel Perez, Principal Planner with SEPPS, joined fellow planners at the Central Coast APA Awards Night in celebrating Paul Wack! An inspirational professor in urban planning and a mentor and leader for many of us in the planning field!  Cheers Paul and to all who received an Award!

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Starting this past August, First Solar, Inc. will commence construction of Santa Barbara County’s first utility-scale solar power facility in sunny Cuyama Valley.  Facing the hottest years on record, and the deleterious effects of global warming looming locally and globally, Santa Barbara County can claim a role in helping California meet its long-standing renewable energy...