Initiative to eliminate part of Prado Road extension in SLO has qualified for November's ballot

A citizens' initiative to eliminate a part of the planned Prado Road extension that would encroach on the Damon-Garcia Sports Complex has qualified with enough signatures of support to go to San Luis Obispo voters in November.

The City Council must first certify the initiative for the ballot. The council could also choose to go ahead and eliminate the part of the extension in question, so the decision would not have to go to voters in November.

However, several council members have already spoken publicly against the initiative.

The City Council is scheduled to review the initiative at its July 20 meeting. City staff will prepare a report on its possible impacts.

San Luis Obispo residents Mila Vujovich-La Barre -- who actively opposed the Dalidio Ranch shopping center -- Bill Wilson and Michael Sullivan gathered 3,753 signatures; 2,667 were needed to qualify the initiative for the ballot.

At issue is the alignment of the Prado Road extension, which would end at Broad Street between Industrial and Capitolio ways, just north of the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields.

The plan was approved by the City Council in 2004 as part of the Margarita Area Specific Plan, which sets parameters for development in an area between South Higuera, South and Broad streets. The Prado Road extension is planned to cross the boundaries of the park and extend across Acacia Creek. The initiative seeks to prevent the road from encroaching on the park or the adjacent South Hills open space.

--AnnMarie Cornejo