USA – In response to the high level of interest and participation of the community related to the release of the city of Santa Barbara’s Draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and the new impacts of COVID-19 social distancing, the city has extended the public commenting deadline from May 22 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 5.
Over the past year, the Santa Barbara has worked closely with the project consultant team at Dudek to perform an extensive public outreach campaign to engage citizens throughout the city as community engagement is cornerstone of an effective CWPP.
In addition to the development of a project specific website, two community workshops were held in advance of the Draft CWPP release to solicit comments and feedback.
The first workshop, held in February at Adams Elementary School, provided an introduction into the CWPP planning process which included presenting the overall outline and framework for the draft CWPP and programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process.
The second workshop was transitioned from a traditional workshop to an online webinar due to COVID-19 restrictions. The webinar provided an overview of the community hazard and risk assessment process, including base data mapping results.
Mapping is focused on fire spread modeling, ember exposure zones, and preliminary updates to the designated City High Fire Hazard Areas and vegetation management project areas.
In conjunction with the extended public commenting period, the city has developed a new, interactive website tool to help the community identify if their property is mapped within the city’s Draft CWPP High Fire Hazard Area boundary.
This new tool allows property owners to easily search by either address or Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) to determine their location as it falls within the city limits. The tool can be accessed at https://cwpp.santabarbaraca.gov/webmap.