Pismo Beach group’s large lot ballot initiative
March 9, 2014
A group of Pismo Beach residents are working to promote a ballot initiative focused on requiring large acreage developments on the east side of the city.
The group dubbed Save Price Canyon is working to get the required signatures to bring its proposal to a vote in November. The group has been battling against several “smart growth” developments proposed for the Price Canyon area.
Smart growth is a planning theory that concentrates growth in compact walkable areas to avoid sprawl. The developers in Price Canyon had proposed hundreds of homes on small contiguous lots with walking trails and community centers. The bulk of the land would remain open space.
If passed, the measure would change the city’s general plan and limit parcel size to 40 acres or larger, with a maximum of two homes per parcel on the east side of Pismo Beach. Currently, state law requires new projects to demonstrate that they have the water sources needed for the proposed developments.
If passed, Save Price Canyon’s initiative would require each project to have a new long-term water source.