New approved housing development in Orcutt garners mixed responses

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A new subdivision in Orcutt was approved this week by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

The project is titled Key Site 3 and is located north of Clark Avenue adjacent to Highway 101 and Sunny Hills Mobile Home Park.

The approved development comprises 119 single-family units, with 160 additional townhouses possible in the future.

While the project was approved by a 3-2 vote, some members of the Orcutt community disagreed with the decision.

“We’re a seniors’ community, so we’re concerned about safety and ambulances for our seniors,” a Sunny Hills resident said during Tuesday’s meeting’s public comment period.

Other concerns expressed at the meeting include the density of homes and the amount of traffic this would create on Clark Avenue.

These concerns were echoed by Fourth District Supervisor Bob Nelson, who voted against the project.

“We say we want to reduce vehicle miles traveled and reduce greenhouse gases, but to do that we can’t keep building homes in North County and keep all the jobs in North County. south,” Nelson said. “Orcutt deserves the right to be self-sufficient and have a community where people not only sleep here but also work here.

Some county officials say the demand for more homes led to the decision to approve the development.

“It’s about providing a variety of housing types that will be more affordable for entry-level buyers and preserving open spaces,” said county senior planner Shannon Reese.

Homes are expected to be between $600,000 and $700,000 given current market conditions.

There are still a few steps to go before construction begins. A project like this could take half a year or up to five years for construction to begin.

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