Since 1986, Ms. Elledge has been representing her clients as an effective liaison successfully guiding applications through the development review process and facilitating project approvals.
Ms. Elledge founded SEPPS as a sole proprietor in 1994 and presided over its steady growth and incorporation in 2003. Today, SEPPS is widely recognized as the leading land use consulting firm in Santa Barbara with an impressive list of satisfied clients and approved projects that make positive contributions to the Santa Barbara region.
Ms. Elledge has managed the entitlement process for a wide variety of projects and has developed a special expertise representing local community institutions such as the Music Academy of the West, Marymount School, Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospitals, Crane School, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Direct Relief, and several historic hotels including the Miramar, Four Seasons Biltmore, and San Ysidro Ranch.
RECENT ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECT ROLE:
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Ms. Elledge has been a proud representative of this 100-year old, beloved institution since 2007. A proposed renovation project to revitalize its campus was approved in 2015. The project also annexed a 5-acre woodland and maintains public trails in addition to implementing a habitat restoration plan. The project’s first phase commenced in 2017 and opened in the fall of 2018. Future phases are anticipated in the next few years.
Direct Relief, founded in Santa Barbara in 1948, is among the world’s largest nonprofit humanitarian aid organizations and is apolitical, secular in character, and privately funded. Ms. Elledge spearheaded the entitlement team and facilitated project approval in March 2016. The approved project is comprised of a 130,000 square foot warehouse structure and two-story 25,000 square foot administrative office building on a parcel located at the Santa Barbara Airport. The project construction was completed and operational in 2018.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is the largest project in Santa Barbara’s history in both floor area and construction cost. Ms. Elledge managed the entitlement process with an outstanding group of hospital administrators, architects, engineers, and other technical consultants. The process was a well-coordinated and collaborative effort with City staff and the community and was approved in an expeditious manner enabling the hospital to meet State mandated timeframes for completing construction.
Prior to establishing SEPPS, Ms. Elledge was the Senior Public Agency Coordinator with Penfield & Smith Engineers (now Stantec) for eight years (1986 – 1994) where she was responsible for coordinating regulatory approvals and permits for the company’s land development projects.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science,
Public Service Emphasis, with Honors
University of California, Santa Barbara
Board of Directors
UCSB Economic Forecast Project
(2005-2018; Chair 2012-2014)
Santa Barbara Bowl
Board of Directors (2001-2003)
Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors (1991-1994)
Ms. Elledge appreciates the bounty of living in Santa Barbara and enjoys cooking, writing, gardening, wine tasting, oil painting, attending the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and sharing it all with her family and friends.