SLO County staff identifies eight rural areas for new housing

August 21, 2018

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will discuss Tuesday the possibility of new housing being built in eight unincorporated areas of the county ranging from west Paso Robles to southeast Nipomo. [Cal Coast Times]

Last year, the board of supervisors directed county staff to identify large tracts of land that could be rezoned for housing developments. The board instructed staffers to consider factors including: proximity to job centers and services; availability of water, wastewater and road infrastructure and police and fire services; resource availability, particularly water supply; and consumer preferences.

County staffers crafted a list of eight potential locations for new development, which will be presented to the board of supervisors on Tuesday. Some of the areas are considered potential locations for annexation into cities, such as San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.

The eight locations under consideration for new housing development are:

West Paso Robles

West Templeton

South Atascadero

Pozo Road area

Los Osos Valley Road area (near the city of SLO)

Edna Valley area

South Arroyo Grande and north Nipomo

Southeast Nipomo

Additionally, county officials are considering possible new housing developments in San Miguel and Shandon. Both San Miguel and Shandon recently updated their community plans, allowing for new development within planned expansion areas.

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Nimby would never allow this plan to work anyway, why spend time and money putting it out there!!!

How about running a spur off the State Water Pipeline to California Valley, low income housing galore, not enough of a Nimby contingent to stop the steam roller:)

Build it out! We need housing. Go high density if you have to. Stop watering grapes and berries. Residential water use is 1/5th the consumption of AG. Provide as much housing to our sons and daughters as possible, so they don’t have to bed down in our basements. You’ll never stop the influx of population growth – they all want to live HERE. Everyone seems to want to help the homeless (vagrants) but nobody talks about our local offspring who need places to live. Don’t import unskilled labor to work the fields; it only feeds the elites and progressive snobs who sip wine and eat chocolate covered strawberries. Drill wells, build infrastructure and employ the trades.

Iam going out to water my soon to be gone lawn.

All this County thinks about is Money.

And two for Nipomo!

Maybe time for a City of Nipomo.

Lynn we voted for you,

Stop this.

I was part of a “New Towns” committee consisting of government reps and private sector interested parties about 15 years ago to study this very topic. These recommendations echo some of their findings although I don’t recall anyone being very enthusiastic about this at the time. The concerns were water and transportation.

At what point does a town/city/county become ‘no growth’? When there is enough to demolish to keep the contractors happy?

Welcome to Orange County part Deux. What a craphole this place is getting and going to be.

How in the world could staff have possibly come up with a list like this? It’s a fact that they have no consideration at all to costs of development but only what they may gain from it. Private enterprise will determine where it is best to develop as they have already done the work that staff has attempted to do. The main problem with providing adequate housing is the road blocks that staff has put in place,

Why is the county spending road money to determine where to have new growth? That is odd because the county does not have an appointment with The Regional Water Quality Control Board until next year. Currently the State is the jurisdictional entity that permits septic tanks, a lengthy and costly process that does not guarantee a affordable place to live.

Why the rush to build? All the factors given in the article would seem to indicate that unless there is a drastic improvement in the water supply it is foolish to build large developments. Methinks there is a large supply of $ from lobbyists for this sort of thing.