SLO County planners approve Cambria housing complex

January 23, 2019

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission unanimously approved an apartment complex project in Cambria that is expected to provide highly-sought affordable housing in the North Coast community. [Tribune]

Project plans call for the Cambria Pines Apartments to consist of 33 units spread across eight buildings. The complex would have four one-bedroom units, 19 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units. Additionally, the apartment complex is expected to have a community services building, play yard and barbecue area.

The project is located on a 5.88-acre parcel near Cambria’s middle school and the Schoolhouse Lane apartment complex. The site is adjacent to a section of Monterey pine forest on the western edge of East Lodge Hill. Apartments are expected to cover 2.04 acres of the parcel.

SLO County initially received the project proposal in 2012. The project was later put on hold amid a long drought.

County planners approved the project despite Cambria being under a moratorium on new water connections that has been in place since 2001. The moratorium includes an exemption for affordable housing.

Cambria reportedly has a more than 100-person waiting list for affordable housing units.

Following the planning commission decision, an appeal of the project could be filed in SLO County up until 3 p.m. Friday. After that deadline, there will then be a two-week period in which the project could be appealed to the California Coastal Commission.

Construction on the Cambria Pines Apartments is currently expected to begin in 2021.

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The County wasted no time after committing to affordable housing to begin allocating millions of tax payer dollars over to the affordable housing developers to build apartments for 1.5 to 2 times the cost. Wonder what the purchase price of the land was and how many times its been sold and resold in the past 5 years?

I think if I have owned a lot in Cambria for the last 30 years and this came up I’d be looking for other property owners and get a lawsuit started, and then start digging to see who is getting paid off.

That will make the people who have owned vacant lots for years and years feel wonderful! Every time a government subsidizes “Low income housing” all they are doing is letting employers pay less than what is needed to retain their employees.

Or providing housing for public employees because as we now know public employees like Cassandra DeSpain , though making nearly $75,000 in compensation, still qualifies for Section 8 low income housing. We all know the “Employer”(the taxpayers) for these public employees is certainly not paying less than needed.

There is either enough water or there isn’t enough water? What is it? A SFR doesn’t qualify for a permit because of the drought which I would take to mean there isn’t enough water. But, if you call it affordable all of a sudden there is enough water? So I guess the course to take is to submit your building permit to the County and label you SFR as an affordable house since you can afford it? Problem solved.