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New Goleta fire station approved by California Coastal Commission

Fire Station 10 Rendering
City of Goleta
A graphic rendering of Fire Station 10, set to be built in Western Goleta.
Fire Station 10 CCC Approval 2
City of Goleta
Fire Station 10 was approved during the CCC's September virtual meeting.
Fire Station 10 CCC Approval
City of Goleta
Fire Station 10 was approved during the CCC's September virtual meeting.

GOLETA, Calif. - The City of Goleta announced that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved the long-awaited Western Goleta Fire Station 10 (FS10) project at its virtual video and teleconference meeting this month.

The Fire Station 10 will be a new three-bay, single-story fire station and will stand at about 11,600 square feet.

The city said this new fire station is needed in Western Goleta to provide adequate fire protection services to residents, as the area does not yet meet the National Fire Protection Association guidelines for emergency response time and population to firefighter ratio. 

The station is set to be built on a city-owned parcel located at 7952 Hollister Avenue, across from the Sandpiper Golf Course.

Goleta City Council approved the project in December of 2018. However, because the site is in the Coastal Zone, a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) issued by the California Coastal Commission is required to begin construction.

The city submitted a CDP application in January of 2019 which took a year to be deemed complete. The CCC then voted unanimously in favor of the project during their virtual meeting in September of 2020.

Goleta’s Neighborhood Services & Public Safety Director Vyto Adomaitis, who was lead presenter at the CCC meeting, said, "FS10 is a long-awaited critical public safety facility that will enhance the levels of fire protection for our community. This is truly an incredible and historic day for our City, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the residents of Goleta whom we worked very collaboratively with to achieve the very successful outcome we had today. We also want to thank the excellent staff at the Ventura Office of the CCC for their collaboration and support. The approval of FS10 today, a project which has been talked about since 1967, 53 years, has been a breathtaking experience that none of us will ever forget. I am extremely proud of our project team and strong partnership with the Fire Department.”

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “The approval by the California Coastal Commission is another big milestone in the development of Fire Station 10. This new station will help our fire department to provide significantly better response times for fire suppression and emergency medical assistance to our residents.  It truly represents a wonderful and historic day for Goleta and reinforces the City’s strong commitment to public safety.”

You can view the application and summary of the staff recommendation in the agenda here.

More details about the plans for Fire Station 10 can be viewed on the city's website here.

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