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New legislation authored by Assemblymember Monique Limon, D-Santa Barbara, seeks to finally settle the debate over public access to Hollister Ranch. (Contributed photo)

New State Legislation Seeks To Spur Action on Hollister Ranch Access

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New legislation seeks to finally settle the debate over public access to Hollister Ranch after nearly four decades of uncertainty.

Assembly Bill 1680, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limon, D-Santa Barbara, was introduced last month and amended Tuesday.

The bill would require the California Coastal Commission, in collaboration with the State Coastal Conservancy, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the State Lands Commission, to develop a new coastal access plan by April 1, 2020.

This new access plan would replace one adopted in 1982 but never implemented.

Hollister Ranch is a 14,500-acre, gated residential subdivision located on a working cattle ranch west of Gaviota State Park, with 135 parcels of 100 acres or larger.

“Multiple barriers have prevented the public from accessing and enjoying an 8.5-mile stretch of the coast at Hollister Ranch in the county of Santa Barbara for over 36 years,” Limon’s bill says.

“The limits on coastal public access at Hollister Ranch contradicts the clear legislative intent that a coastal access program be implemented as expeditiously as possible at that property.”

The bill seeks to draw a line in the sand to get all sides of the fight talking about a solution.

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