Don’t make a stink in SLO

March 19, 2015

Titlecard_Something_SmellsThe San Luis Obispo City Council majority plans to ban foul odors that creep across property lines. [New Times]

Mayor Jan Marx, Councilman John Ashbaugh and Councilwoman Carlyn Christianson voted in favor of the proposed “odor nuisance” ordinance at Tuesday’s council meeting. The proposal will become a city ordinance if a majority of the council approves it again at an upcoming meeting.

Over the past couple years, city staffers have received complaints about an undesirable scent emanating a from medical marijuana grow in the backyard of a San Luis Obispo home. When the council failed to adopt a proposed medical marijuana ban, staff responded by drafting the foul odor ordinance.

If adopted, the ordinance will mandate that city staff receive three verified complaints from neighboring property owners before deeming an odor a public nuisance. Once the city determines that an odor is a public nuisance, code enforcers can issue citations to the property owner.

Councilmen Dan Carpenter and Dan Rivoire cast the two dissenting votes. Carpenter said the ordinance will be a nightmare to enforce, and Rivoire said neighbors should be able to resolve odor issues among themselves.

Marx said the ordinance will help the community get along better.


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52 Comments

  1. racket says:

    Seems to me the pot plants — the stink Marx-baugh is trying to get at — is likely a commercial operation in a residential neighborhood. Couldn’t she force her will on the plebes using existing code?.

    (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down
    • kayaknut says:

      Maybe she tried but when she went to the police station, Chief Gesell was away on another training/vacation, not to worry he will certainly properly approve all his expenses before submitting them.

      (6) 10 Total Votes - 8 up - 2 down
  2. Mr. Holly says:

    I guess this could be the end to Farmer’s Market. Damn the smell of those great BBQ’S.
    Next Jan may require that we all become Vegans.

    (7) 9 Total Votes - 8 up - 1 down
  3. achillesheal says:

    The wastewater treatment plant is the worst offender in San Luis Obispo. If the wind is right it stinks from mission bank on south hi guerra all the way to tank farm.

    Will government stench be exempted from the law?

    (5) 7 Total Votes - 6 up - 1 down

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