Public invited to comment on plan for Shandon's future at meeting tonight

Those who want to comment on the future of Shandon are invited to a meeting Wednesday night.

A document detailing how development may impact the town over the next 20 years has recently been released. The document is the first step of the Shandon Community Plan, which, once finalized, will help guide county planners in making decisions about land use, transportation and development in the small town about 20 miles east of Paso Robles.

That includes where new housing and commercial development could go, new infrastructure needs, how improvements would be paid for and where commercial development would be appropriate.

The plan includes the existing community of Shandon and approximately 1,680 acres surrounding it south of Highway 46 between West Centre Street at McMillan Canyon Road and East Centre Street where Highways 41 and 46 meet.

The environmental aspects studied thus far in the draft include elements such as aesthetics, agricultural resources, cultural resources and water.

If the plan was fully developed, Shandon's population could increase from approximately 1,200 residents in 2008 to a maximum of approximately 8,120 residents in 20 years.

The County Planning Commission will hold public hearings this summer so it can make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors about whether to approve the plan.

The meeting, hosted by the Shandon Advisory Council, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the C.W. Clarke Memorial Park Clubhouse, at Centre and First streets in Shandon.

-Tonya Strickland