Dear Activists and Supporters of Save Elings Park:
As you probably know by now, we have succeeded in stopping the development of Elings Park South for the foreseeable future! This article in the Daily Sound summarizes the recent news:
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK, COMMITMENT, AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO HELP MAKE OUR MOVEMENT A SUCCESS!
Elings Park South Update
Although Elings Park Foundation's (EPF) plans have changed for now, they still have the ability to "pave the way" for development of Elings Park South. We must scrutinize their revised development proposal, which will soon be presented to the Planning Commission. We must be sure to watch for any requests for a Zoning Change of EP South from its current zoning as Undeveloped Parkland. We must also watch for any requests by EPF to the Board of Supervisors to amend or extinguish the existing Santa Barbara County Covenant Restricting Use. Success by EPF in either (or both) of these areas will give them the legal right to develop EP South, and it will make our job to preserve the park very difficult, if not impossible.
Elings Park North Update
Please remember that this development plan also greatly affects the current size and scope of operations on Elings Park North (EP North). EPF is still pushing forward with their plan to develop EP North. Elings Park Foundation declared in late August to the publisher of the Mesa Paper that "The Park is revising the Phase III proposal, in part, as a direct response to the suggestions and comments we received from SEPS (Save Elings Park Supporters)." If that is true, then they will accept responsibility for the excessive noise levels which have plagued the neighborhoods directly adjacent to EP North. They will agree to standard decibel level limits, and will agree to an objective system which monitors noise levels. They will also present a revised project which mitigates the increased impacts of their project on traffic, parking, lighting, and all the other issues outlined in the Draft EIR. We must continue to monitor their revised plan for EP North, to ensure that they will implement the suggestions and comments offered by SEPS.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR STANDING BEHIND OUR MOVEMENT, AND FOR PROVING THAT COMMITTED PEOPLE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!