Santa Maria Planning Commission considers land use, zoning change for drive-in theater land | Local news


Fans of the Hi-Way Drive In Theater in Santa Maria may not get the happy ending they were hoping for.

The Santa Maria Planning Commission will be examining a request from People’s Self-Help Housing on Wednesday for a general land-use map change and zoning change on an 8.89-acre site at 3170 Santa Maria Way, home of the theater.

The applicant applies for a change in commercial land use and zoning to a residential land use designation with low to medium density and PD / R-1 or planned development / single-family residential area, zoned district.

“With only the narrow street frontage, this location is essentially surrounded by properties with residential designation,” says the staff report on residential uses of low and medium density.

“This configuration is likely to increase the potential for commercially generated noise, lighting and odors to adversely affect adjacent residential users.”

The site has hosted a drive-in theater since 1959 and is the last operating drive-in theater in northern Santa Barbara County.

Hi-Way Drive In’s home was listed for sale on online real estate sites for $ 3.3 million.

Martin Indvik of Lee & Associates told Noozhawk on Friday that the property is in trust.

Rumors of the upcoming sale and the end of the drive-in theater prompted a fan, Chris Weddle, to create a Facebook page called “Save The SM Hi-Way Drive-In” more than a year ago.

On Sunday he reiterated his support.

“I understand that corporations and developers want to earn income from shared flats, which also creates jobs for these companies, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of losing a special and rare family activity for the area,” Weddle said. “Too often I’ve heard that small towns have nothing to do and that this small town is slowly turning into a city with fewer and fewer activities of all kinds.

“I would love to see the city of Santa Maria take up the emotions of our city dwellers instead of taking everything away just to create more living space.”

The current application from Volks-Selbsthilfe-Wohnen does not contain any applications for the preliminary tract plan or the planned building permit, two points that are subject to future review by the city planning commission.

These would also be necessary and necessary in order to subdivide the property and develop it with single-family houses.

“However, the environmental analysis of this proposed change relied on the applicant’s conceptual plan for single-family subdivision with 50 plots (49 residential units) to determine the impact of the proposed land use and zoning change,” the staff report said.

Other items on the Commission’s busy agenda include:

»A request from Boomers Parks to remove a kid’s go-kart track and install three rides in amusement parks.

»A proposal from the Sunset Recycling Center for conditional usage and planned building permits to build a buyback recycling facility at 1465 S. Broadway.

“Review of a preliminary tract map to subdivide 31.7 acre property on South A St. into 20 lots in 1955.

Previously, this application contained a concept for “workers housing”, including a change to the plan for Area 9 to introduce work housing as permitted use and a planned building permit for 12 buildings for workers housing.

“Since then, the applicant has decided to only proceed with the preliminary area map application while further work is carried out on the investigation and refinement of the workforce accommodation concept,” the staff report reads. “Therefore, the future development on the newly created plots of this subdivision will be limited to the permissible and conditionally permissible land uses in Area 9-Specific Plan.”

This land is earmarked for planned development / light manufacturing and planned development / business / professional office) in the Specific Plan for Area 9.

Any proposal to accommodate workers in Area 9 would require a specific plan change that will be worked through through future public hearings of the planning commission and city council, the staff said.

The session begins on Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber and will also be available on the city’s YouTube channel. You can find the agenda here.

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