Letter to the Editor

Reject housing project

San Luis ObispoFebruary 16, 2014 

I am sometimes amazed at the lack of awareness of the paid planners of our public institutions to the concerns and expectations of the community they serve.

On Feb. 6, the San Luis Obispo Community Development Department held a public meeting at the Adult School on the Johnson Avenue Housing Project.

Planning and preliminary design for this project was prepared by direction of San Luis Unified School District from 2008 to 2010 and presented to the community in 2012. It has since been a major concern of the adjacent neighborhoods.

No changes have been made to the 2010 plan. The Draft Environmental Report states that all “significant and unavoidable impacts” can be mitigated. This conclusion is not supported by the neighborhoods. The number of units, the type of housing (three and four stories of apartments and townhouses over a parking garage) and the traffic mitigating plans proposed are inconsistent with the best interests of the bordering neighborhoods. When an attendee stood on a chair and asked all in favor of the plan to raise their hands — no one did — all raised their hands in opposition.

This plan and its consequent rezoning should be rejected by the Planning Commission and City Council.

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