Coastal Commission weighs in on Cayucos property rights issue
April 20, 2012
The California Coastal Commission is slated to determine if Dr. Marshall Lewis can build a two-story, 4,555-square-foot house on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean in Cayucos.
Following rejections of Lewis’ proposal to tear down an existing home, remove trees, and construct a new home by the Cayucos Advisory Council and the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, Lewis scaled back the project and took his proposal before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
In what was deemed a battle between personal property rights and neighborhood aesthetics, the board voted 4-1 in favor of Lewis’ revised proposal. While some of the neighbors on Lucerne Road filed an appeal to the Coastal Commission asking that the project be rejected, others sent letters to the commission supporting Lewis’ proposal.
Maria Jaqua, John Carsel, Carol Baptiste, and John and Sue Black appealed the county decision because of alleged inconsistencies with policy, views, and community character.
Coastal Commission staff did not agree with the appellants and recommended that the commissioners reject the appeal and let the county supervisors’ decision stand.
Last week, in an 8-3 vote, the California Coastal Commission found substantial issue with the project citing concerns for bluff erosion, tree removal, size and scale of the proposed home, and the possible statewide impacts of the project on community character and agreed to place the proposal on a future agenda for a full review and hearing.