Regarding “Housing planned on Nipomo Vineyard” (April 28):
It’s amazing that Victor Montgomery has been practicing for 39 years without, apparently, learning even the basics of Smart Growth. Cal Poly planning students can now use the proposed Laetitia Vineyard & Winery development as a textbook example of how not to do something.
Zoning codes and laws are there for a reason. You would never tear down the Mission and Mission Plaza to plant a vineyard in the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo. Likewise, you don’t destroy prime coastal agricultural land to build houses.
No matter how many hydrogeologists you hire, the site is still part of the threatened, overdrawn Santa Maria groundwater basin. Everyone in every direction is affected by the water used. With crops, you can turn the water off and not plant, if necessary. With people, you can’t.
And traffic? Are you kidding me? How many fatal car accidents will it take to make everyone wake up and realize that you don’t mix hundreds of slow moving cars getting on, off and across one the most overcrowded and dangerous parts of Highway 101 in the county?
The county Planning Commission should have killed this plan dead in 2004, they still can in 2015. Please don’t hesitate to do it!