County waives $20,000 in fees to allow DeVaul to build at Sunny Acres
October 20, 2011
In the the latest chapter of the Sunny Acres controversy, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors agreed to waive more than $20,000 in fees to allow Dan De Vaul to build a new residence on his Los Osos Valley Road property. [Tribune]
After a brief hearing Tuesday, supervisors voted unanimously to waive fees that amounted to $20,775. De Vaul plans to build an 8,000-square-foot home to be used as a nonprofit sober living residence serving very low-income residents with substance abuse problems.
De Vaul did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, but his attorney John Belsher encouraged the board to approve the waiver.
Supervisors originally heard De Vaul’s request in August but took no action because they wanted proof from him that he is actually performing the services he claims. The county has struggled for years to get De Vaul to bring his 72-acre ranch into compliance with county housing and building ordinances.
In a letter to the county, Belsher said 21 people live on the property. All earn $26,500 or less a year. They pay De Vaul from $200 to $400 per month with some working onsite to eliminate the cost.
De Vaul must resolve all of his code violations before he can get the fee waivers from the county. The fees would be enforced if he does not live up to the conditions of the agreement.
Last August, 15 residents of Sunny Acres were evicted from the property out of safety concerns.