Richards Ranch Annexation (AN2021-0001)

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Santa Maria
Document Title
Richards Ranch Annexation (AN2021-0001)
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The County of Santa Barbara’s (County’s) Orcutt Community Plan (1997) identifies the project site as “Key Site 26 (Richards).” This key site is designated for residential and commercial development. The project site consists of undeveloped land that is predominantly flat, with some gentle downward sloping from east to west. Vegetation on the site can be characterized as mostly non-native annual grassland habitat, with two patches of disturbed coastal scrub and strands of non-native eucalyptus and ornamental trees. Historically, the project site was developed with a residential structure in the southwest corner of the site; however, the home and all accessory buildings were demolished by 2010.
Document Description
The project includes the Pre-Zoning, General Plan Amendment, and Annexation of four parcels located in the unincorporated Santa Barbara County into the Santa Maria City limits. The project area consists of four parcels located in Santa Barbara County to the northeast and southeast of the intersection of State Route (SR-) 135 and Union Valley Parkway. These parcels, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APN) 107-250-019, 107-250-020, 107-250-021, and 107-250-022, are within the City of Santa Maria Sphere of Influence (SOI) and adjacent to the southeastern limits of the city of Santa Maria and total approximately 44 acres.

Contact Information

Dana Eady
Agency Name
City of Santa Maria
Job Title
Planning Division Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Maria
Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
southeast of the intersection of State Route (SR-) 135 and Union Valley Parkway.
Total Acres
Parcel #
107-250-019, 107-250-020, 107-250-021, and 107-250-022,
State Highways
SR- 135, Highway 101
Santa Maria Valley Rail Road
Santa Maria Public Airport
Santa Maria Bonita. Orcutt Union, and Joint Union Districts
9 N
San Bern

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 6, California Department of Conservation (DOC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Development Types
Residential (Units 495, Acres 27.4), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 160800, Acres 16.35, Employees 456)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Prezone, Annexation
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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