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Buena Tierra

County of Santa Barbara

Step 2 of the 8-Step Process

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain


To: All Interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment for the Super 8 rehabilitation project under the Home ARP (Reservation Letter from Community Services Department, County of Santa Barbara dated January 11, 2022) and Homekey #21-HK-17194.

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is seeking federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds, HOME-ARP funds, and additional ARPA or Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention Program (HHAP) funds for rehabilitation of a residential project at 6021 Hollister Avenue in the City of Goleta, Santa Barbara County. The site is a developed 1.34-acre property, formerly operated by a Super 8 Motel and associated parking lot. There are no wetlands or other natural features on the site. The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is seeking approximately $3,047,501 in funding to provide rental assistance to the project for operations. The estimated total project cost is $19,745,000. The proposed project involves conversion from the existing Commercial land use to Residential. Project activities include: new fire sprinkler and alarm systems; railing repair and painting; interior painting, elevator repair, installation of new appliances and flooring, air conditioning and plumbing/lighting fixtures replacements, site work/landscape improvements, and conversion of 10 motel rooms to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The site contains approximately 1.34 acres of Special Flood Hazard Area [SFHA] designated Zone AE, as shown on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel 1362 of 1835, Map Number 06083C1362H, Effective September 28, 2018. Approximately 1.22 acres of the site is located within a designated Regulatory Floodway.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara at the following address on or before 5:00 PM on November 18, 2022; 815 West Ocean, Lompoc, CA 93436; to the attention of Milton Johns, Surf Development, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at

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