Supervisors give initial support to Blacklake development
January 13, 2016
Developer 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.