The property is an active oil field with substantial oil development dating back to the early 1900s. If the County approves the proposed new use, the property owner, Solstra, will work toward carbon neutrality by abandoning the oil wells and removing all oil-related infrastructure in the project area so residential and commercial redevelopment can safely occur.
Transitioning the property to a new use allows Solstra to undertake scalable, sustainable design and construction practices to significantly minimize the carbon footprint and water consumption of future residents, including:
- Energy-efficient building standards
- Community-wide solar integration
- Incorporating Central California Coast’s green energy initiatives
- Aligning with Santa Barbara County’s Climate Action Plan and the Governor’s California Comeback Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035