Opponents of a controversial plan to build homes on a scenic section of the Gaviota Coast lost a court challenge seeking to overturn part of Santa Barbara County’s approval of the project.
A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge rejected arguments by a coalition of environmental groups that the county didn’t properly follow planning laws.
Project opponents say the ruling only affects the porting of the project north of the 101 Freeway.
The State Coastal Commission has yet to act on the development plans on the south side of the 101, and that would also affect the inland side of the project.
It’s expected the court decision will be appealed.
Opponents contend that the project is too big, and inappropriate for the area, and that the land should be preserved as open space.
More than 50 estate sized homes have been proposed on nearly 500 acres of land.