Montecito Planning Commission Approves Development Plan for Debris Nets

NOOZHAWK, Santa Barbara

The Montecito debris nets project received development plan approval Wednesday, a follow-up to the emergency permit allowing a private nonprofit organization to install the steel-mesh nets. The Partnership for Resilient Communities, headed by former Santa Barbara Fire Chief Pat McElroy, received a county emergency permit for 11 nets in December and has installed four of them in three Montecito canyons: the west and east forks of Cold Spring Creek, San Ysidro Creek and Buena Vista Creek. The Montecito Planning Commission found that the project is within the scope of the emergency California Environmental Quality Act exemption granted last year and approved the project on Wednesday.

Megan Miley