In Brief: Vacation rental discussions continue; Ricci files to run again for SSCSD; Pembrook road repairs pending

July 29, 2010 

Vacation rental discussions continue

D iscussion of county planners’ proposed rule changes for vacation rentals in Cambria and Cayucos is expected to continue at a meeting of the North Coast Advisory Council’s Land Use Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

County planner John Busselle couldn’t give a formal report at the council’s July 21 meeting because the document wasn’t finished yet. There are about 350 vacation rentals — private homes rented out for

days or weeks at a time — in Cambria and about 250 in Cayucos, he said.

Proposed changes include:

• For new vacation rentals to continue after three years of operation, they’d need a minor-use permit;

• Code enforcement would be tightened for grandfathered vacation rentals;

• The 200-foot buffer between vacation-rental units would extend across the street, as well as alongside and behind the home;

• The property manager’s name and contact information would be required to be posted outside the home; and

• Vacation rental noise audible from 50 feet away could be reported to sheriff’s deputies or code enforcement officers, who could decide if the sound was unreasonably loud. —Kathe Tanner

Ricci files to run again for SSCSD

Dee Dee Ricci has filed to retain her seat on the San Simeon Community Services District Board of Directors. The retired legal secretary has been on the board since she was a successful write-in candidate in 2006, but also served a prior term from 1993 to 1996.

The other San Simeon district seat that’s up in November is currently held by Terry Lambeth. While he hadn’t yet filed for reelection as of mid-day Tuesday, July 27, he told a reporter for The Cambrian about a week earlier that he intends to run again.

Local candidates who already have signed up to run in other Nov. 2 races include:

• Cambria Community Services District: Greg Sanders (running for his third term), Jim Bahringer, Valerie Bentz and Harry Farmer. Longtime incumbent Peter Chaldecott is not running again.

• Coast Unified School District: Gretchen Ross of Cayucos. Seats currently held by Dianne Brooke and Del Clegg will be up for election; neither has announced their intentions.

• Nobody had signed up yet for Cambria Community Healthcare District’s three available seats on the five-member board, posts currently held by Runo Lemming, Frank Fratto and John Hedding.

Deadlines to file are Aug. 6, except for the Cambria services district or any other race in which an eligible incumbent doesn’t file for reelection. In those cases, the deadline is Aug. 11.

For details, go to www.slocounty.ca.gov. —Kathe Tanner

Pembrook road repairs pending

Repairs to stabilize a Park Hill slope and repair Pembrook Drive after a large sink-hole took a 50-foot concave bite out of the roadway Feb. 27 can’t begin until right-of-way agreements are obtained, according to county Public Works.

The work would restore the street that normally loops through central Park Hill, zig-zagging from Shamel Park to Huntington Road.

The slide took with it a 6- inch Cambria Community Services District water main, an 8-inch district sewer main, utility poles and service. Services have been restored, but the roadway remains closed.

Michael Britton, the county’s project manager, said July 19 that “plans are complete and ready for the county to perform the repairs.” “Once we have all of the appropriate permissions, we expect to begin work immediately,” he said. —Kathe Tanner

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