Wednesday, February 8, 2023     Volume: 23, Issue: 49

Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Santa Maria residents express concerns about new housing proposal from Santa Barbara County supervisors, nonprofit leaders

Neighborhood safety, home value, drug use, and density concerns met local leaders on Jan. 25 as they introduced Santa Maria residents to a new proposal to put an interim housing facility near the Betteravia Government Center.  At the community meeting, one neighbor shared worries about loitering in nearby parks, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. “The people we deal with as a local neighborhood, personally I’ve met some of them by name. I don’t envision them being in this program because they don&rsqu... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Santa Maria needs options beyond developer paybacks to create affordable housing

The Santa Maria City Council recently approved a Disposition and Development Agreement with Vernon Property Group, for a revitalization project at Main Street and Broadway. The project involves the creation of new commercial space and 88 rental apartments, a majority to be leased at market rate. It also involves $1.25 million in financial incentives from the city for the Vernon Property Group in paybacks and fee waivers. ... [ Read More ]

Weekly Poll
What do you think about the 2023-31 Housing Element?

The state is right to crack down on local jurisdictions, we need more housing!
Local jurisdictions should have been making more housing develop progress earlier on.
It's a significant jump, and I don't know if we'll meet the state's expectations.
The increased number is pointless, and nothing will change anyway.

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