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READ the los olivos CSD application

Our goal is to ensure that the Los Olivos community self-determines the best way to address its unique wastewater challenges and to do so in a manner that protects water quality, maintains our rural character, safeguards property values and is economically responsible and feasible.
— Los Olivos Water Reclamation Steering Committee


NEW REGULATIONS FORCE CHANGE

Recently enacted state and county regulations will force changes in the use of septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems in Los Olivos.  See how your property may be affected, what the new regulations entail, how these changes may impact our town and learn about the efforts being made by a volunteer steering committee of Los Olivos residents and property owners to ensure our community is informed and has options to address these challenges.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS?

LAMP Policy

Santa Barbara County is the second county in the state to enact a LAMP Policy, recently passed in November 2015.  As part of the LAMP Policy, supplemental treatment is or will be required under special conditions in the designated special problem areas, for a replacement system that cannot meet current standards, when seepage pits are used on properties of 5 acres or less or for the creation of new lots of 1 – 2.5 acres.

CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL WATER QUALITY Control BOARD

In addition to the LAMP Policy, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has focused its attention on Los Olivos.  The agency is currently reviewing historical water testing data and will be conducting new tests for nitrates in our water.  If they find upwardly trending nitrate levels in our water, it will lead to more aggressive remediation.

WHY THESE REGULATIONS MATTER

if we're not proactive, this may significantly Impact property values

Our community's decision-Making Ability may be greatly affected

There are Several options available, all with varying costs


FUTURE MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

The most important decision our community will make regarding the future of Los Olivos, and our wastewater specifically, is which governance option we choose.  There are various options available to us and many important details our community needs to be aware of and give careful consideration to regarding choosing our governance path forward.


WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR LOS OLIVOS

After our community chooses the right entity to govern our wastewater needs, the next step is to choose a treatment solution to handle our wastewater processing.

The steering committee has researched options outlined in the Los Olivos Wastewater System Preliminary Engineering Report.  Several promising options have been identified and the Steering Committee has requested that Santa Barbara County Environmental Health conduct a Focused Feasibility Study to give our community much needed detailed information regarding these treatment options.


ATTEND THE APRIL 13 LAFCO
HEARING

LAFCO will consider and vote on the Los Olivos Community Services District formation application. All residents in the proposed district received a mail notice from LAFCO about the hearing.

Thursday, April 13, 1pm

Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
511 East Lakeside Parkway, Suite 141, Santa Maria

Remote Testimony
Board of Supervisor's Hearing Room
105 East Anapamu Street, 4th Floor, Santa Barbara

Email the Commission: lafco@sblafco.org
Call: 805 568 3391
Fax: 805 568 2249

Learn more about why creating a CSD makes sense for Los Olivos here.