County waives $20,000 in fees to allow DeVaul to build at Sunny Acres

October 20, 2011

Rancher Dan DeVaul

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.






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Dan could have had a lot more if he took the County up on offers as far back as 4 years ago. He is addicted to fighting the County and press coverage . . . Know him well, have little respect left for him.

I don’t know him well but have talked with others that do and I’ve followed this saga since it’s inception, I agree with you 100%. We are in the minority and IMO DeVaul has fooled a lot of people, he’s not the saint that they think he is.

Look at what Devaul went through.

For the Supervisors to toss him this bone, election time is nearing!

Wow something that makes SENSE!

Now how do we redirect the county’s and CAPSLO’s effort to build the 200 bed homeless hotel into a more sensibly sized and partially user funded program? A partnership with a private citizen instead of a monstrous expansion of social services.

grand jury says “provide services to outlying communities where they are in the most dire need i.e. san miguel to oceano & nipomo” our government’s solution is a giant oversized centralized hub. may as well start advertising to the street kids on water street in Santa Cruz that SLO is a great place to be.

So, let me get this straight. Living in the SLO creek and on the streets is safer than living on De Vaul’s property? Really? That’s right Maxfusion, a bunch of Bureaucrats!!

The bureaucrat is lying. They evicted them because De Vaul’s program, unlike theirs, is working. Remember, forced taxation and fees are the bureaucrats weapons of choice and they’ll wield them without a shred of conscience. Change you better believe in, or else.

It’s not just here, did you see that guy in Pasadena? The government really does not think we can govern ourselves.

Government wants to protect us from ourselves.

What we really need is protection from the government.

Safety concerns.!! The county and courts kicked the people out of the frying pan into the fire, great work.