Council Votes for Wider Fire Lane on State Street Promenade
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council voted to widen the center fire lane between parklets on the State Street Promenade.
The Promenade is allowed to continue but the center lane must extend from the current 14.5 feet to 20 feet.
Councilmembers rejected other proposed changes by the city staff that included a requirement that all parklets should be portable with the ability to move within 24 hours' notice and to reopen specific areas to vehicles, specifically making Victoria Street open to two-way traffic again. City staff stated these changes were needed to accommodate cleaning, maintenance, traffic flow, and bike lanes.
The council voted unanimously to reject all proposals except the widened fire lane after numerous business owners complained about not being part of the conversation with city staff.
Councilmember Mike Jordan was especially frustrated with the proposal due to the lack of conversation between the city and local business owners. He stated this was one of the worst errors he's ever witnessed due to the "lack of outreach effort."
Photos, as seen above, were shown to the council while Santa Barbara City Fire Marshal Ryan DiGuilio explained a lot of space is needed for these trucks to adequately respond to emergencies.
Additionally, it was requested that no obstructions be in front of the Granada Theatre, Balboa Building, and 820 State Street.
A 20-foot fire lane is required by California State law.