Gaviota to Guadalupe Trail Study Public Meeting

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Gaviota to Guadalupe Trail Study Public Meeting
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Source: Santa Barbara County Trails Council

A public workshop will be held Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 6 pm, Buellton Recreation Center Room A, 301 Second Street, Buellton, CA, to review the preferred route and links for the Northern Santa Barbara County Interim California Coastal Trail Study (Gaviota to Guadalupe Trail Study) and solicit public input.

The California Coastal Act of 1972 included creation of a continuous coastal trail.  Once completed, the California Coastal Trail (CCT) will extend 1,200 miles from the Oregon to Mexican borders.  Statewide, approximately 50% of the trail has been completed.  While progress is being made on the CCT in southern Santa Barbara County, little trail planning progress has occurred in the northern part of the county due to the large expanse of private rangeland and Vandenberg Air Force Base lining most of the north county coastline. 

The absence of a planned trail between Gaviota and the San Luis Obispo County line has stymied access to the CCT from the northern part of Santa Barbara County.  To address this, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) has initiated a study to engage the public in planning for a continuous interim CCT that utilizes existing road right of way and public lands and identifies spurs to access coastal locations such as Point Sal, Jalama and other locations.

SBCAG has contracted with the Santa Barbara County Trails Council (Trails Council) to prepare the study.  The Trails Council will hold a public workshop on January 15 at 6 pm to share review proposed routes and listen to community members’ ideas and preferences.  Following this meeting, a draft study will be submitted to the SBCAG Board.

More information on the project is available at http://bit.ly/ct-route.

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