A coalition of local residents have filed a notice of intent with the city of Carpinteria to circulate a petition to change the zoning of the downtown parking lot from general commercial to open space/recreation. The parking lot, located at the Amtrak Station, is owned by the city of Carpinteria and is currently the site of a proposed development project for a boutique hotel (The Surfliner Inn project). Once the petition is approved by the city for circulation, the petitioners have 108 days to secure signatures from 10% of the city’s registered voters (roughly 750). If the threshold is reached, the zoning change will be considered by Carpinteria’s City Council, and if not adopted, could potentially find its way onto the 2022 general election ballot for a public vote. 

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