The Pismo Beach Planning Commission moved ahead a project this week that would add nearly two dozen homes to a stretch of Price Canyon Road on the city’s eastern boundary.
But commissioners included a caveat in their recommendation to the City Council: They believe there might be a better alternative to this project, one that isn’t isolated from the rest of the city and that wouldn’t affect views along Price Canyon Road.
Called Price Canyon Villas, the project would add 22 homes on 5,000-square--foot lots on land about 1,800 feet east of Lemoore Street.
A 23rd lot, under different ownership, would allow a second exit point from the project and likely have a home on it as well.
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The lots were first created in 1924, and a few critics questioned whether they were created legally or whether they should remain legal today.
Community Development Director Jon Biggs said staff believes they were created legally when the map was recorded in November 1924.
Last year, the Planning Commission approved a project that would have allowed developer Mike Hodge to swap that parcel for one located about 1,100 feet west in the Pismo Heights area.
The Planning Commission approved that project, called Canyon Oaks, in May 2010. But the City Council, facing public opposition and concerns about traffic and fire danger, denied it.
On Tuesday, commissioners voted 2-1 to approve the Price Canyon Villas project, which now moves to the City Council. Commissioner Chuck Crockett dissented; Commissioners DJ White and Mark Burnes recused themselves because of possible conflicts of interest.
Commissioner David Jewell said he felt the Canyon Oaks project was superior, but said, “I do not want to hold you up any further from going to the City Council.”