Supervisors give initial support to Blacklake development

January 13, 2016

slo county signDeveloper Rob Rossi has gained initial approval from a divided San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on plans to build houses, a hotel and vacation cottages at Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo.

The board of supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to begin making changes to county land use policy pertaining to the Blacklake area of the Nipomo Mesa. Following the vote, the environmental review process for the project can now begin.

Supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill cast the dissenting votes. Gibson and Hill said they probably would not approve development on any areas deemed open space.

The other three supervisors, Debbie Arnold, Lynn Compton and Frank Mecham, said they would prefer to decide on the open space issue after the project has gone through the county planning process.

Last year, Blacklake residents protested Rossi’s plans, saying they would devalue existing homes and violate an open space agreement that prohibited development on the golf course. Rossi has since scaled down plans that called for reconfiguring the golf course around 150 new housing units and a hotel.

The new plans include a 20-cottage boutique hotel, 30 single and two-bedroom vacation cottages and 36 homes, which would be built on an undecided location. The proposed development also would have an 84-unit lodge with a restaurant, cafe, pro shop, event areas and conference and retail space.

Rossi’s project can go before the county planning commission after the environmental review process is complete.

Russ J

Great project idea for Nipomo. Yeaaaaaa! As for water, there is plenty of it, just drill deeper. But instead of making me pay for a pipe line to pump state water from Santa Maria, why don’t you spend some money on a bike line that stretches all the way down Willow road so I can stand a better chance of not getting hit by your drunk ass customers coming out to enjoy the local tasting rooms.


I have a legitimate concern.

We need to be certain that the developers properly disclose to the new residents, visitors, owners, renters, et al that wind blows. When wind blows, it blows things in said wind. An example of things that can blow in the wind: SAND.

There needs to be full disclosure that before settling on the Mesa, perhaps it would be wise to spend some time deciding if the environment is suitable for retiring with wind and sand NEAR A BEACH MAY BLOW WIND AND SAND AROUND.

I know this might seem intuitive, but alas, it seems SLO County has imported an extra dose of “special”.

Jorge Estrada

I believe a respiratory discloser to be a good idea. It is not just the sand dust but also mildew prone air. Many people do not know about these issues until they live in that environment and should be given the chance to ask the question before committing to the move. In the valley, they routinely broadcast bad air days to let people know that today is not a good day to go outside and exercise.


I’m not at all sure what is going on here. MAKE the project proponent go through the NEPA /CEQA process at THEIR expense and lets see how it all unfolds.

To stop it without consideration opens the door to lawsuits and delays.

IF THERE IS NO WATER, it will be clearly identified in the environmental review process.

Please, all you naysayers, please study up on environmental law as it applies to proposed projects in California.


Though just because something may be legal doesn’t mean it is right, or right at this time, but then again that doesn’t mean those with the say so won’t approve something


I’m not questioning the rightness or the wrongness of the project. Frankly, in my opinion, the less growth the better. Having said that, I do however believe strongly in the environmental review process as it is laid out in Title 40 of the Federal Code of Regulations.

These laws were established to protect human health as well as the environment.

I say, let the process work.