Surfrider Foundation – Santa Barbara Chapter

Las Varas Property

Las Varas Property
Las Varas Ranch consists of over 1,000 acres of agricultural land that stretches from the shoreline of the Gaviota Coast to the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The owner of the ranch wants to subdivide the property into estate sites, which would have a negative impact on the agricultural viability of the ranch, and would also have a negative impact on the scenic quality of the coast and on wildlife on the property. The project would also eliminate the current beach access route. Although the project proposes to provide an easement for a new beach access trail, there is no foreseeable public funding for this trail, and consequently, public access to the beach would effectively be eliminated. As part of our ongoing effort to conserve the environment of the Gaviota Coast, Surfrider is actively opposing this development proposal.