Help Design the Way Forward for the Hollister Avenue Old Town Interim Strip Project | Local News


Posted May 30, 2022
| 1:12 p.m.

Goleta City Council and the public will have three alternatives to consider

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Aerial photo of Hollister Avenue in Old Town. (Courtesy picture)

Goleta City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Hollister Avenue Old Town Interim Strip at its 5:30 p.m. meeting on June 7 in the City Council Chambers of Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, and through Zoom.

The project is designed to create safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access along Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta. The board has several options to consider and invites input from community members.

The Interim Striping Project includes the implementation of the parking and intermodal improvements envisioned in the Hollister Avenue Comprehensive Street Corridor Plan Project, using low-cost materials (eg, striping). The lane plans would reduce Hollister Avenue from four to two lanes to allow for better bike path and pedestrian traffic, while improving parking.

The Hollister Avenue Old Town Interim Strip Project came about due to the long lead time and lack of funding required to construct the entire Hollister Avenue Street Corridor Project.

When complete, the Hollister Avenue Complete Streets Corridor Project will improve safety, access and mobility for all users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit users) on Hollister between Fairview Avenue and the State Route 217.

Since CIP project approval in January 2021, staff have evaluated the two Hollister Avenue Completes Streets Corridor Plan project alternatives, as well as a third choice that adds diagonal parking in the center of Hollister Avenue. Staff work with a consultant on conceptual project design, environmental review, final design and construction supervision.

At the Public Hearing, staff will present the three alternatives to City Council and recommend Alternative 3. Pending City Council’s instruction to proceed with the final design, the project could be ready for construction by the end of 2022.

Interested community members can comment at the public hearing in person or virtually via the Zoom webinar, following the instructions on the Council meeting agenda.

Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing by emailing the City Clerk at [email protected] Written comments will be distributed to council and posted with the staff report on the Town’s Meetings and Agenda page.

The agenda will be available on June 2 on www.CityofGoleta.org/GoletaMeetings. You can also sign up to receive an agenda by email or SMS at https://tinyurl.com/y36ervg4.

The meeting can be viewed in the City Council Chamber at Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Drive, via Zoom (link included in agenda); live on Goleta TV Channel 19; or live at www.CityofGoleta.org/GoletaMeetings.

The meeting will be rebroadcast on Canal 19 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and can be viewed at any time in the city. website.

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