Richards Ranch Annexation Project – Partial Recirculation of DEIR

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Santa Maria
Document Title
Richards Ranch Annexation Project – Partial Recirculation of DEIR
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The property is vacant/undeveloped. The current land use designation is Mixed Commercial/Residential, which provides for general commercial, office and professional, and residential uses. All four parcels have a zoning designation of Retail Commercial (C-2).
Document Description
On December 22, 2022, the City of Santa Maria released the DEIR for the Richards Ranch Annexation Project. The DEIR evaluated the environmental impacts associated with the proposed annexation, pre-zoning, and conceptual development of approximately 44-acres of property in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, California. The DEIR public review period ended on March 7, 2023. This is a partial recirculation of the DEIR for Biological Resources, and the Alternatives Analysis. Comments received on the DEIR brought new information to the City’s attention regarding the analyses in Section 4.3, Biological Resources. Adjustments are also warranted to Chapter 5, Alternatives Analysis. The revised biological resources and alternatives analyses in the DEIR are being recirculated for public comment pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the State CEQA Guidelines.

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
State Route 135 / Union Valley Parkway
Total Acres
Parcel #
107-250-019, -020, -021, -022
State Highways
135, 101
Santa Maria Public Airport
Righetti High School
Orcutt Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), 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 Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), 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), California State Lands Commission (SLC), 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other ( Annexation and pre-zoning)
Local Actions
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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