Judge tosses out Cayucos viewshed law
May 28, 2010
The Sierra Club has prevailed in a lawsuit filed against a controversial county law addressing viewsheds and land use in the hills around Cayucos. [Tribune]
Superior Court Judge Martin Tangeman upheld the Sierra Club appeal of the county’s controversial Cayucos Fringe Viewshed Ordinance, passed on a 3-1 vote of the Board of Supervisors in December 2009.
The judge’s ruling follows a settlement reached between the county and the Sierra Club May 18 that calls for a comprehensive, countywide approach to viewshed protection instead of the Cayucos ordinance.
Under terms of the settlement, building permit rules for the Cayucos viewshed will now revert to pre-ordinance standards until the current county supervisors can work out a new approach.
Under the original Cayucos ordinance, favored by then-supervisors Jerry Lenthall, Harry Ovitt, and Katcho Achadjian, viewshed protection was reduced from 47,000 acres to 3,910 acres–roughly one-twelfth the area.