Novatt Equestrian Facility


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
Novatt Equestrian Facility
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
AG-I-40 (Agricultural, minimum parcel size of 40 acres) / A-I
Document Description
The proposal is a request for approval of a Development Plan (21DVP-00000-00024) consisting of 83,206 square feet of agricultural and non-agricultural development, as well as approval of a Conditional Use Permit (21CUP-00000-00026) for a commercial equestrian facility. New structures proposed include a 45,000-square-foot covered riding arena, a 4,200-square-foot reception hall with a 2,127-square-foot covered porch, an 800-square-foot agricultural employee dwelling, and six (6) 2,880-square-foot horse barns. The total amount of new structural development will be 69,407 square feet. The total amount of existing structural development is 13,799 square feet. Grading will consist of 500 cubic yards of cut and 2,800 cubic yards of fill. Approximately 873 square feet of new screening landscaping is proposed. Daily operations will include boarding and breeding of up to 75 horses. Animal waste management is comprised of onsite composting with biological treatment in a designated location. The applicant is proposing to host a maximum of 250 guests during up to six annual events, and a maximum of 150 guests during up to six additional events during the calendar year. Hours of operation during special events will typically be 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Special events will include, but are not limited to, equestrian events (educational events, shows, and clinics), as well as receptions, parties, weddings, or other similar events. Amplified music will not exceed 65 decibels at any property line. All parking during special events will be accommodated onsite. Sewage disposal will be provided by a new onsite wastewater treatment system and portable restrooms during special events. Water will be provided from a proposed well and domestic water system. Access will continue to be provided from the existing driveway off Highway 246. The project site is a 63.35-acre parcel (Assessor’s Parcel Number 137-250-067), zoned AG-I-40, known as 750 E. Highway 246, located in the Santa Ynez Valley Community Plan area, Third Supervisorial District.

Contact Information

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


Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
Highway 246 and Highway 101
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 246, Highway 101
Santa Ynez River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), 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 Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), 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), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 6, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Residential (Units 3, Acres 0.09), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 68607, Acres 1.5, Employees 25)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Septic System, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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