Arroyo Grande City Council rejects building moratorium
August 31, 2016
Arroyo Grande City Council voted 3-2 last week to reject a proposed building and annexation moratorium while the city is under drought water restrictions.
Mayor Jim Hill and Councilman Tim Brown supported the moratorium saying that the water its citizens save should not be used for new construction until the water shortage emergency has ended. While rate payers have cut usage, their water rates have risen.
Since the state mandated the city cut its water usage by 28 percent, city residents cut water consumption by 37 percent. Nevertheless, on months where rate payers use more water than their allotment, they are fined up to $200 a month.
Nevertheless, Council Members Jim Guthrie, Barbara Harmon and Kristen Barneich voted against new building restrictions during the drought because there was not a “public health crisis sufficient to justify a moratorium.”
In addition, Harmon unsuccessfully argued for a top-tier water fine of $500.
Following the vote, members of the public voiced their concerns and Harmon and Guthrie agreed to bring the topic back at a future date.