Morro Bay battling California Coastal Commission
September 28, 2012
While Morro Bay needs to upgrade its aging sewer plant, can it afford the extra $60 million in cost needed to comply with the California Coastal Commission’s recommendation that the plant be moved a mile from the coastline?
California’s coastal communities are marred with aging sewer plants and other infrastructures in dire need of upgrades. But the modernization of these facilities is being delayed while the California Coastal Commission discusses whether these structures should be permitted to stay on the waterfront. [WallStreetJournal]
For years, officials in Morro Bay have worked to rebuild the city’s nearly 60-year-old sewage-treatment plant. Last year, the commission, which regulates development along the state’s beaches, challenged the rebuilding permit for the plant. And now the commission wants the city to move the plant a mile from the coastline.
Morro Bay city officials argue that such a move would add up to seven years to the three-year project and 50 percent more to its estimated $60 million cost which could double sewer bills.
The Coastal Commission is expected to render a decision as soon as October.
Meanwhile, the commission is recommending communities along the coastline relocate or study relocating landfills, highways, bike paths and parking lots further inland.