The California Coastal Commission and the Coastal Conservancy have reached a proposed class action settlement with property owners at Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara County. This settlement, which requires approval by the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, will allow the public to access by water to a stretch of beach and expand programs to bring students and non-profit groups, including those serving underprivileged groups, to the property.

Because this settlement agreement involves relinquishing a disputed public accessway to the beach, the court decided to allow members of the public who wish to object to the class action settlement to file a legal motion to intervene. Members of the public who wish to submit objections with the court must file a motion to intervene with the court by July 23, 2018 . The court’s hearing on whether to provide final approval for the settlement agreement is scheduled for September 10, 2018.

Additional information on the court’s review of the proposed class action settlement agreement is available on the court-approved notice. If you have any comment on the settlement you would like to share with the Coastal Commission please email Hollister@coastal.ca.gov. Comments emailed to the Commission will be public records so please do not include information that you wish to remain private.