The city of San Luis Obispo is in the process of adding 89 acres east of Johnson Avenue to its open space inventory.
Known as the Goldtree Vineyard Tract, the property is a rectangular parcel that stretches from the end of Alrita Street up to the top of the ridge where it connects with the city’s Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve.
The acquisition will be the subject of a hearing by the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday. The City Council will also have to approve the deal, which could take several months to complete, said Freddy Otte, city biologist.
The city is purchasing the property from the Filipponi and Twisselman families for about $230,000 from the city’s general fund. It is the site of an unsuccessful attempt in 2006 by the owners to annex the property into the city and develop a part of it.
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Ownership of the property by the city will “remove from speculation and possible development a steep and highly scenic hillside area visible from much of the city of San Luis Obispo,” a Planning Commission staff report stated as one of the reasons for acquiring the property.
The owners had been interested in retaining 51⁄2 acres of a lower elevation portion of the property but are now willing to sell all of it, Otte said.
The acquisition also allows expansion of the trail system within the city’s greenbelt. A PG&E access road from the Reservoir Canyon open space down to Sydney Street is on the property and is already being used by hikers.
There is also a possibility of creating a loop trail that would connect the property to the nearby Bowden Ranch Open Space above San Luis Obispo High School, Otte said.