Ranch property near Cerro Romualdo in SLO to remain undeveloped

A 189-acre family ranch that includes a portion of Cerro Romualdo will be added to San Luis Obispo’s open space inventory.

Last night, the city council approved spending $107,500 from the city’s open space fund to complete the purchase of a conservation easement on the O’Connor Ranch between O’Connor Way and Camp San Luis Obispo.

The bulk of the money for the $949,000 easement came from a U.S. Department of Defense fund used to eliminate conflicting land uses around Army installations such as Camp San Luis Obispo.

Joseph and Mary Lindsey will continue to own the land and operate it as a family ranch. However, they relinquish development rights on the property. The deal also includes provisions for limited public access via docent-led hikes, said Neil Havlik, city natural resources manager.