The Pismo Beach City Council this week approved a plan to add 23 single-family homes to a stretch of Price Canyon Road on the city’s eastern boundary.
Called Price Canyon Villas, the project includes 23 homes constructed in a linear configuration on 5,000-square-foot lots on land about 1,800 feet east of Lemoore Street. Applicant and project planner Mike Hodge also proposes to widen a portion of Price Canyon Road to include right and left-hand turn lanes into the site.
The council approved the project in two separate 4-1 votes Tuesday, with Councilman Kris Vardas dissenting.
The lots were created in 1924 as part of the same map that created a majority of the lots in the Pismo Heights area, according to city staff.
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The project has come to the council and the Pismo Beach Planning Commission several times. Most recently, planning commissioners voted 2-1 in June to recommend approval.
But they told the 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.
Last year, the commission approved a project that would have allowed Hodge to swap his parcel for one located about 1,100 feet west in the Pismo Heights area. But the council, facing public opposition and concerns about traffic and fire danger, denied it.
On Tuesday, the council briefly discussed that previous project. Vardas said he believed it would have better served the city and local residents rather than having a strip of homes along Price Canyon Road.
Councilman Ted Ehring then pointed out the council had already considered and rejected that proposal.
Earlier this week, the city council moved ahead a separate project that could add 312 homes to a 182-acre site currently outside city limits, bordered by Oak Park Boulevard and east of James Way. The site also includes a private school.
The next step is for the San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission — which has to approve all annexations — to consider a request from Pismo Beach to annex the proposed development into the city.