The County of Santa Barbara faces several infrastructure challenges that impact the quality of life for its residents. One of the main issues is the need to maintain and upgrade aging roads, bridges, and transportation systems to ensure safe and efficient travel. Additionally, the county’s water and sewer systems require significant investment to ensure reliable and efficient service. The county also faces challenges related to affordable housing and homelessness, which require investment in social services and infrastructure. Finally, the county must address the impacts of natural disasters, including wildfires, landslides, and floods, on critical infrastructure, including power lines and communication networks. Overall, addressing these infrastructure challenges requires significant investment in the county’s transportation, water, housing, and emergency management systems to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience.
Sample Highlights from the Capital Improvement Plan
Project Start Year
Project Spend Total
Kovar Basin Expansion, Santa Maria
“his project consits of an expansion of the existing Kovar Basin, a storm water detention facility, to provide greater storage capacity.
During extreme runoff events, existing storm water control facilities located beyond the westerly urban limits of the City of Santa
Maria tend to become overwhelmed, thus leading to a breakout of uncontrolled flood flows that traverse agricultural property.
Construction of this project will provide a greater volume of storm water storage and thus minimize the frequency of the breakout of
uncontrolled storm water flows. Costs for operation and maintenance of the expanded Basin are estimated to be $2,000 per year
after completion of the expansion.”
Blosser Basin Property Acquisition
“This project consists of property acquisition for the existing Blosser Basin, located in the City of Santa Maria. That will expand
the existing facility and increase the basin’s storage capacity. During extreme storm events, the runoff overflows the basin on
streets and overwhelms the existing Blosser Ditch. The expansion of the basin will provide a greater volume of storm water
storage and thus minimize the frequency of the breakout of uncontrolled storm water flows. No Net impact to operating
Park 5 Year Repaving/Restriping Maintenance Program
“This program consists of paving maintenance within various County parks. Maintenance has been deferred over the last 10 – 15 years due to
lack of available funds. The program is split into three geographic areas of the County: South County, North County, and Cachuma Lake. This
project would be funded in increments as funding becomes available. Without the implementation of this program, park roadways and parking
areas will continue to degrade requiring increased maintenance costs than proposed in this program. (Priority Ill).”
Orcutt Community Plan Trail Development
“This project consists of the development of approximately 42 miles of trails within the Orcutt Community Planning area. Approximately 15 miles
of trails will be constructed with development funds, separate from Quimby or Development fees received by the County. The remaining 27
miles of trails would be directly acquired by the County as funding becomes available. The Board of Supervisors (Board) approved accepting a
dedication of easements immediately adjacent to Rice Ranch. The Board also approved the formation of an Orcutt Trails Commission to assist
Community Services in developing and maintaining the trail system. (Priority lV). The Orcutt Community Plan identifies trail maintenance at
between $250-5500 per mile of trail once trails are completed.”
Santa Maria Levee Multi-Use Trail
“This project involves the construction of a 7.8-mile multi-use trail along the top of the existing County-owned Santa Maria River levee. The trail
would follow along the top southerly levee bank from the terminus of the existing levee trail (completed by the City of Santa Maria) to
Guadalupe Street located in the City of Guadalupe. At Guadalupe, the trail would then continue as a Class iI bike path on existing bike routes
along Guadalupe Street to West Main Street and then westerly out to Guadalupe Dunes County Park. This trail is planned in both the City of
Santa Maria circulation element and bikeway plan and Santa Barbara County bikeway plan.
Construction will include a bike and pedestrian trail, roadway and railroad at-grade crossings and/or undercrossing, access control gates for
emergency flood control purposes, entry control at public road right-of-ways onto the trail, potential easement acquisition, fencing, signage,
permits (including an Army Corps of Engineers 408 permit), engineering, emergency (911) communication phone and project management. A
Secondary Use Agreement between Public Works Flood Control Division and Community Services Parks Division would need to be executed in
order to define roles and responsibilities. (Priority fil). Estimated cost for operation and maintenance of the trail is $30,000 annually once
project is completed.”
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- A listing of the capital projects or equipment to be purchased
- The projects ranked in order of preference
- The plan for financing the projects
- A timetable for the construction or completion of the project
- Justification for the project
- Explanation of expenses for the project
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