Citing air quality and other concerns, activist Kevin P. Rice has appealed plans to add a new 21-home subdivision to the Cypress Ridge development near the Nipomo Mesa.
The cluster development would cover 40 acres and include two open space parcels, an access road and trails. The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission approved the plans in December.
Rice, representing the group Integrity SLO, appealed the decision in March, arguing that the development committed 23 violations of county planning and environmental guidelines. County planning staff disagrees and is recommending that supervisors uphold the Planning Commission decision.
Many of the alleged violations center on air quality problems on the Nipomo Mesa, where dust levels frequently violate state air quality standards. The county Air Pollution Control District has identified the riding area at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area as the main source of the dust and is working with State Parks to reduce the emissions.
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The appeal argues that the proposed development would exacerbate the dust problems. “The project will disturb 40 acres of soil and will generate fugitive dust affecting local residents and businesses in close proximity to the project site,” the appeal states.
Planning staff rejects this argument, stating that steps will be taken to avoid fugitive dust during construction and there should be no increase in violations of particulate matter standards. They also concluded that no additional environmental protection measures are needed.
Tuesday's appeal hearing is set for the Board of Supervisors’ afternoon agenda and is expected to take 90 minutes.