Cayucos votes to pull sewer permit application
January 8, 2013
In 2003, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board informed Cayucos and Morro Bay that they would have to upgrade their plant by March 2014 or face penalties. In a Dec. 21 letter, the water board agrees to allow Morro Bay and Cayucos more time to consider moving the plant.
Last year, the Coastal Commission said it wanted the city to move the plant a mile from the coastline. Proponents of keeping the plant near the beach in Morro Bay noted the cost of moving the plant inland.
Several board members said it was important to cooperate with their neighbors in Morro Bay who do not want a sewer plant at the gateway to their community.
Board member Dan Lloyd, a land use practitioner elected in November, said that withdrawing the permit instead of asking that the Coastal Commission deny it as Morro Bay did was preferable because it protects the property’s value. Conditions put on the property by the commission could carry over to any new use making the property less desirable.
The board then voted to send Morro Bay a letter asking its council to agree to withdraw the permit also. The Morro Bay City Council is slated to vote Wednesday night on adding the withdrawal change as an emergency item to its agenda.
The board also voted 5-0 to suspend the three consultants. Morro Bay and Cayucos Sanitary District had entered into agreements with Dennis Delzeit for project management services for a total of $253,000,with Dudek for alternative analysis reports is for a total of $455,642 and with McCabe to seek favor with the Coastal Commission for a total of $155,000.