Thanks for reporting that the Nipomo Community Services District is changing its policy regarding intent-to-serve letters.
A more accurate headline for your Aug. 13 story might have been, “NCSD reinstates 10 expired intent-to-serve letters; drought continues.” Hyperbole? I think not.
An NCSD ordinance states that a 240-day expiration date for intent-to-serve letters “serves to ensure an application is being actively pursued with the county.” Five such letters held by Mr. Rob Rossi for his proposed Blacklake project expired in June.
On Aug. 12, the NCSD explained that it treated the automatic expiration as a “soft deadline,” which meant it was ignored.
The district gave Mr. Rossi an additional five months to show that his application was being “actively pursued.” His only progress to date with the county has been to obtain delays totaling over a year.
Inexplicably, holders of five other expired intent-to-serve letters were given only 60 days to “cure” their applications. We now have a Stage III water shortage. Residents are urged to take shorter showers and let their gardens die. The NCSD no longer issues intent-to-serve letters yet authorizes reinstatement of canceled ones. Is anyone else puzzled? Outraged, maybe?