Initial CWPP Study is Now Available Online

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The Initial Study/Environmental Checklist and Notice of Preparation for the CWPP is now available on the website here:

The CWPP is subject to the review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). New policies and actions proposed in the CWPP could result in impacts to the environment, to be analyzed in a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines §15083. The Draft CWPP and Initial Study describing potentially significant impacts will be presented to the City's Planning Commission on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1pm. The purpose of this Public Scoping Hearing is for the Planning Commission to receive public input and provide direction to staff on the proposed scope of analysis for the PEIR. 

The Scoping Hearing will be conducted electronically via the GoToWebinar platform as described in more detail on the agenda that will be available on Thursday July 9, 2020. The agenda and copies of all documents relating to the this hearing will be posted on the Planning Commission website at The Planning Commission will receive public comment via the GoToWebinar platform and written comments are welcome up to the time of the hearing by email to [email protected] or by mail to PC Secretary, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990. The Planning Commission may not have time to consider written comments received after 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting. The meeting will be broadcast live on City TV-Channel 18 and online at

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TJTom Jul 07, 2020 11:27 AM
Initial CWPP Study is Now Available Online

I scanned the referenced document and did searches for a few key words such as "homeless", "encampment", "warming" (as in warming fire), "cooking" (as in cooking fire). The only hit was "warming" which was used in reference to Global Warming.

As has already been pointed out in this thread, it is a huge oversight not to address the risk of homeless encampment generated wildfires. It is only a mater of time until one of the many homeless fires grows into a serious event that results in loss of life and property.

The report includes the following statement:
The intent of this document is to provide an overview and analysis of the environmental impacts associated with the project proposed (the implementation of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan) for the City of Santa Barbara. This document is accessible to the public, in accordance with CEQA, in order to receive feedback and input to be discussed in the PEIR.

However, I have not located the information listing the comment submission procedure. I will continue looking and then submit my comments including the missing homeless encampment content.

RHS Jul 06, 2020 06:32 PM
Initial CWPP Study is Now Available Online

There is no need for this exercise in bureaucracy. This is being done almost solely because the city staff got a "grant' to do it. The study threatens to redefine and include areas of the city into much higher risk fire zones (not because there has been any wildfire in the area but because of some pretty inane guidelines). This will very likely put these properties in much higher insurance rate matrices. These people will pay big for this nonsense. It should be stopped now and we should just leave the lines as they were. There is no actual reason to change anything.

a-1594079409 Jul 06, 2020 04:50 PM
Initial CWPP Study is Now Available Online

That actually should be a feature of the plan: shut down homeless camps. The local fires lately are originating from them, and with this hot dry weather, a fire could get out of control fast.

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