Care about the future of Diablo Canyon lands? Here’s your chance to have a say

Developer wants to build 15,000-home community on Diablo Canyon lands

A developer wants to build a 15,000-home community near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant at Wild Cherry Canyon, according to an email.
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A developer wants to build a 15,000-home community near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant at Wild Cherry Canyon, according to an email.

PG&E has not yet determined what will become of the 12,000 acres surrounding Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant after the facility closes in 2025, but one thing is certain: There are conflicting interests for the valuable, coastal open space owned by the utility company.

While some want to see the land preserved, developers in the past have proposed a residential subdivision in part of the area known as Wild Cherry Canyon. In 2015, HomeFed Corp. proposed building 1,500 homes there, and a recent email unveiled one developer’s dream of erecting a 15,000-home city.

Whether you want the land conserved or developed, you can have a chance to have your voice heard through a new Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel.

PG&E is now accepting applications for the new panel, which will provide community input to the company as it prepares plans to decommission the nuclear power plant. Meetings of the panel also will be open to the public to allow for additional community feedback.

PG&E says the 11-member local stakeholder group will meet regularly to provide opportunities to members to learn about the technical aspects of the decommissioning process and “provide opportunities to engage with PG&E on the potential future use of the site and the lands that surround (the plant).”

The company clearly states that the panel will function “solely in an informational capacity” and that “PG&E will retain complete discretion to accept, modify or decline any recommendations made by the panel.”

Applications are due March 21. Participants will be selected by a formation committee comprised of a local facilitator, representatives from the local community and PG&E.

As the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure looms, take a look at how other communities are coping with nuclear power plant closures.

These people will chose who will be on the engagement panel:

▪ Katcho Achadjian: former San Luis Obispo County supervisor; California Coastal Commissioner and California State Assembly member

▪ Dee Lacey: co-owner, Lacey Livestock; Heritage Oaks Bank board of directors; former Paso Robles school board member; former Cuesta College rrustee

▪ Ermina Karim: CEO San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

▪ Rochelle Becker: Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility

▪ Jeff Thomas: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 403

▪ Ken Thompson: Avila Valley Advisory Committee

The facilitator is Chuck Anders, a professional facilitator and owner of Strategic Initiatives who has lived on the Central Coast for 20 years.

Monica Vaughan: 805-781-7930, @MonicaLVaughan

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