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Montecito Fire Officials Uncertain What They Will Do In Wake Of Court Ruling Stalling Plans For New Fire Station

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 2:02pm

Officials with a South Coast fire district say they’re disappointed a judge’s ruling is stalling their plans for a new fire station, and say they are trying to figure out what they’ll do next.

The Montecito Fire Protection District wants to build its third fire station on about 2.5 acres of land on the 2500 block of East Valley Road. The land is part of a lemon orchard.

Some nearby residents upset with plans for the fire station challenged the project. They contended that its environmental impact report failed to address how the project would impact the community’s agricultural resources.

A judge agreed last week, in effect cancelling approval of the project, and forcing more environmental review.

Fire district officials aren’t saying whether they will try to appeal the ruling, do a new EIR, or pursue other potential actions.

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