Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Santa Barbara's Downtown Height Restrictions

It looks like the Chapala project that Bermant Development did has been the center of quite a bit of controversy lately.

The project is beautiful and very well done, but seems to be getting notoriety for being a tall building in an otherwise not so tall downtown.

It has truly begun to put the fear in to people that our downtown is going to turn in to some kind of a skyscraper filled San Francisco like locale.

The controversy is beginning to heat up with some people wanting to limit the height of buildings in the downtown area to 40 feet instead of the present 60 feet. Besides the obvious reasons for not doing it, one is that the city desperately needs to continue to find ways to build affordable units for it's citizens and one way is to go up.

Noozhawk had a pretty informative article. The comments section is of particular interest to me as well since you get a good cross section of what others are thinking. See You In Escrow!

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