Politics in Arroyo Grande is over water resources
October 7, 2016
Opinion By OTIS PAGE
The main issue in the election in Arroyo Grande is apparent, those who endorse growth and those who for good reason support a moratorium.
The headline issue is the large proposed East Cherry development and its impact on water resources and traffic. The East Cherry proposal was finally approved on a 3-2 vote by the Arroyo Grande Planning Commission despite substantial citizen comment opposing the proposal. It may be reviewed by the City Council prior to the election on Nov. 8.
Those running for council supporting the pro-growth agenda include mayoral candidate Richard Waller, Kristen Barneich and Caren Ray. Those that support a moratorium because of the drought and current residential water restrictions include incumbent Mayor Jim Hill, Planning Commission member John Mack and activist LeAnn Akins.
The citizens will make their choice – supporting the water and traffic impacts that East Cherry represents or a curtailment until a more balanced plan is proposed. The proposal for 51 residences has major water and traffic impacts. Its impact is controversial and without question very significant.
The pro-growth advocates have substantial backing by prominent developers where the moratorium advocates do not. For the citizens of Arroyo Grande in this election years, this is the main city issue. Who to elect? The moratorium advocates or the growth promoters.