Board of Supervisors’ land grab
November 12, 2012
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is at it again. They appear to be pushing through as many fee increases (read higher taxes) limiting use of private property and slowing economic growth and job creation by intruding with more and more regulations, permits, and ordinances on every hand.
These are just a few of the many changes being forced on our county motivated by the United Nation’s Agenda 21.
On November 13, at 1:30 p.m., the Board of Supervisors will vote on the ag cluster subdivision ordinance which currently says land owners may, with great difficulty, separate off 100 foot by 100 foot lots (or larger) for up to 5 percent of their ag zoned property. This would be for the purpose of building homes for aging parents or children. The land owner could also sell the lots in order to finance an agricultural business venture such as a wine tasting or olive oil tasting facility. Varian Ranch is an example.
Another cumbersome rule requires a land owner to set aside the remaining 95 percent of their property for ag use or open space only, regardless of changes in the economy. A rancher or farmer may need to implement a different kind of business in order to survive and to keep his employees working. This ordinance kills those possibilities.
The proposed changes would eliminate the owners’ abilities for even making application for an ag cluster subdivision, excluding 998,674 acres from consideration. Currently, property within five air miles of population centers may apply for subdivision. The new ordinance will slice this down to two road miles, a severe loss of property use and rights. Many other restrictions, too numerous and complicated to write about here will be imposed.
The Board of Supervisors has not given sufficient notice; they published a vague paragraph written in “legalese” that very few people can understand.
The Board should be sending notice to all affected property owners by mail since the action so profoundly limits their property rights. This ordinance change amplifies old restrictions and contains many new serious restrictions on property use for no apparent reason. Not only should the public be informed of these issues through media outlets, they should also have sufficient time to research and debate, giving voice to their opinions.
The afternoon of November 13th, at 1:30 PM, we have an opportunity to come to the Board meeting and exercise civic responsibility. We must resist the enviro-socialist juggernaut, which will eventually destroy all property rights. If we want to change the direction of the “smart-growth” land grab, we must show up and tell our Board that we oppose this subdivision change.