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Revised Miramar Hotel and Bungalows project approved by the Board of Supervisors (April 2015)
The Revised Miramar Hotel and Bungalows project was approved by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on April 14, 2015. Project construction is currently underway. The project applicant (Caruso Affiliated) has prepared a webpage for the project including the construction schedule, project updates, and project-specific contact information.
That webpage can be found at: http://carusoaffiliated.com/caruso/development/property.php?id_property=21
Revised Project Application Submitted (August 2014)
In an effort to improve hotel operations and improve compatibility of the project with the surrounding community, the applicant has requested a revision to the March 15, 2011 approved project. While the overall plan layout and amenities to be provided by the resort have not changes significantly, a number of reductions would be made to the project including elimination of the spa building previously located in the northwestern portion of the site, elimination of all underground parking and creation of a new surface parking lot in the previous location of the spa building, reduction in the number of guest rooms from 186 to 170, a reduction in the maximum allowable attendance for events from 500 persons to 400 persons, a reduction in the available retail space and a redesign of the architectural style of the hotel consistent with the “Cottage Type Hotel” tradition within the Montecito Community. Commensurate with the reduction in physical development and use levels, the number of parking spaces to be provided has also been reduced from 494 to 438. Please see below for the full project description. The proposed revised project was scheduled to be heard before the Montecito Planning Commission on December 15, 2014.
"Amended/Reduced" Project approved by the Board of Supervisors (March 2011)
On March 15, 2011, Caruso BSC Miramar LLC received approval for an amended Development Plan to reduce the scope of the approved project to reconstruct the Miramar Hotel. While the overall plan layout and amenities to be provided by the resort were not changed significantly under this approval, the project was made smaller by elimination of one level of underground parking (approximately 100,000 square feet), elimination of the Ballroom building (13,590 square feet) and the Beach & Tennis Club building (1,482 square feet), reduction of the retail space (1,026 square feet) and changes to several guest room buildings throughout the site. Commensurate with the reduction in physical development and use levels, the number of parking spaces to be provided has also been reduced from 551 to 494.
Along with the amended Development Plan, the proposed amended project includes four amended Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) to update the previously approved CUPs associated with the originally approved project. Mirroring the original project, the amended project entitlements are also set to expire on April 6, 2015 with the exception of the Coastal Development Permit (CDP), which would expire on March 15, 2012.
March 6, 2012 Time Extension - Agenda | Minutes
March 15, 2011 - Agenda | Minutes
Montecito Planning Commission
February 23, 2011 - Agenda | Minutes
Addendum to the Environmental Review Package
Addendum dated March 15, 2011
"Original" Project approved by the Board of Supervisors (December 2008)
On December 9, 2008, Caruso BSC Miramar LLC received approval for a revised Development Plan to redevelop the Miramar Hotel with all new buildings of approximately 385,296 gross (164,849 net) square feet, including a main building with a lobby, meeting rooms and conference facilities, back-of-house areas, and underground parking; a ballroom; a spa; a Beach and Tennis Club; 192 guest rooms; two restaurants and a beach bar; two pools and two tennis courts; new landscaping; new 10-foot high sound wall; four employee dwellings; and abandonment of the north-south segment of Miramar Avenue. All existing buildings would be demolished.
The “original” project was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on December 9, 2008. The Board's decision was subsequently appealed to the California Coastal Commission. Resolution of the Coastal Commission appeal occurred on April 6, 2009, establishing an effective date for the project and the County's approval of the project is now final.
A two-year time extension was approved on March 15, 2011 by the Board of Supervisors for the Coastal Development Permit, extending its life to April 6, 2013.
December 9, 2008 - Agenda | Minutes
March 15, 2011 Time Extension - Agenda | Minutes
Montecito Planning Commission
October 8, 2008 - Agenda & Staff Report | Hearing Transcript
August 28, 2008 - Agenda & Staff Report | Hearing Transcript
August 6, 2008 - Agenda & Staff Report | Hearing Transcript
July 16, 2008 - Agenda & Staff Report | Hearing Transcript
Final Subsequent EIR
Appendix B - Negative Declaration for the Approved Schrager Plan (Schrager ND) (00-ND-003) [ZIP 11.5MB]
Appendix C - Public Comments [ZIP 38MB] and Responses to Public Comments
Appendix D - Applicant’s responses to comments [ZIP 33MB] [Table of Contents]
Appendix E - Vicinity Map
Appendix F - Site Plans [PDF 16MB]
Additional Public Comments
August 6, 2008 to August 28, 2008 [PDF 12.5MB]
July 17, 2008 to August 6, 2008 [PDF 8.5MB]
Prior to July 16, 2008 [PDF 8.5MB]
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