Kessler Special Events


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
Kessler Special Events
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Vineyards, ag. accessory structures, SFD; AG-II-100/A-II
Document Description
The Proposed Project is a request for a Minor Conditional Use Permit (MCUP) to allow for 12 commercial events per calendar year, with a maximum of two events per month. Each event will be limited to 150 guests. All facilities for the event will be portable and temporary in nature, including but not limited to an event tent, portable restrooms, portable catering amenities, a rental dance floor, rental dining tables, rental seating, temporary lighting, and temporary sound equipment. Food will be prepared onsite in licensed food trucks or mobile kitchens. No permanent improvements are proposed as part of the project. Commercial events will be conducted on twelve days a year from 1 PM to 10 PM. Amplified music will not exceed 65 decibels at the property line. All amplified noise and lighting end by 10 PM. Set-up for events will be completed within 48 hours of the event’s end at 10 PM on the event day. All noise generating activities related to equipment set-up and clean-up will be limited to the hours of 8 AM to 5PM. Access to the event site will be provided via an existing 20+ foot wide concrete driveway from Highway 246. A designated parking coordinator will be present on-site during events attended by 100 or more persons. Guests will arrive and depart via shuttle service from the Landsby Hotel in Solvang, Santa Ynez Inn in Santa Ynez, Fess Parker Inn in Los Olivos, and other similarly local hotels. Shuttle services will be contracted with licensed and insured companies with trained, professional drivers, including but not limited to Santa Barbara Airbus, Limo Link Transportation and Jump on the School Bus, LLC. The shuttle will drop off patrons at the reception area. The last shuttle and all guests will leave the property by 10:20 PM on the evening of an event. Parking and turnaround for shuttles and event staff is available within 100 ft. of the proposed event area. Each event will include approximately eight employees (catering, DJ, personnel, etc.). Caterers and staff will leave the property by 11 PM on the evening of an event. There are six (6) permanent parking spaces, two (2) of them are ADA designated parking spaces, available on-site for employees, mobility-impaired guests and members of the event party. There is a 4-foot wide ADA accessible pathway that will lead from the designated parking area to the reception area. The property is served by a private well and onsite wastewater treatment, however, no water or wastewater treatment services will be required for the project due to the temporary nature of facilities. Fire service will be provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Contact Information

Soren Kringel
Agency Name
County of Santa Barbara - Planning and Development
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Highway 246 and Gypsy Canyon Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways

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 Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (Special Events Facility)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Transportation
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Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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