Santa Barbara Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update and Program EIR

The City of Santa Barbara was awarded a CAL FIRE grant to update their Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and craft a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for plan implementation. Dudek prepared the PEIR and CWPP, as well as facilitated virtual public outreach to inform both processes.

Project Facts
  • City of Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara County, California
  • Project completed ahead of two-year funding schedule
  • Used virtual outreach to involve residents during pandemic
Colorful map prepared for the Santa Barbara Community Wildfire Protection Plan showing the outline of areas burned around Santa Barbara in various fires since 2008.

The Challenge

Five major wildfires have occurred since 2008 in areas surrounding the City of Santa Barbara, necessitating the update of the City’s existing CWPP. Though the City secured a CALFIRE grant for the project, the funding came with the caveat that the project be completed within a two-year funding timeline, rather than the normal three-year time frame. Additionally, the project kicked off just as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in early 2020, which interrupted plans for traditional in-person community outreach and normal collaboration between Dudek and the City.

Screenshot of the homepage of the Santa Barbara Community Wildfire Protection Plan public website. The tagline reads "The City of Santa Barbara is working to protect our community from the growing threat of wildfire." A video player is below the tagline.

The Solution

Dudek’s outreach experts, IT specialists, marketing staff, and web developers quickly pivoted to facilitate a virtual community outreach meeting, notify the public through compelling email marketing, as well as design and develop an engaging project website that included all the information necessary to inform the public on key aspects of CWPP preparation. The bilingual project website allowed them to stay connected, provide input, and determine their own risk through an Interactive Fire Hazard Mapping Tool to help residents determine if their property was located within the High Fire Hazard Area. The CWPP and Program EIR were crafted in just 17 months, ahead of the already compressed two-year funding timeline, despite a global pandemic that presented challenges for community outreach and project collaboration.

What We Did

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