One month left to comment on growth plan for Shandon

The public now has about a month longer to tell county planners what they’d like changed in an updated plan that plots future growth in Shandon.

The comment period on the draft report — which looks into what effects growth could have on the North County community and the environment — has been extended to July 30, county officials announced this week.

The previous deadline was Tuesday.

The report discusses how developing the small town about 20 miles east of Paso Robles would change zoning laws, affect the town’s visual character and increase the use of public services.

If it were fully developed, Shandon’s population could increase from about 1,200 residents in its 2008 estimate to about 8,120 residents in 20 years.

The report discusses two projects: a growth study and a study for the proposed mixed-use San Juan Village Fallingstar project, with shops and up to 410 homes.

After the comment period closes, the county will prepare responses to the feedback, officials said.

Comments and responses will then be included in a second draft of the report to be considered by the county Planning Commission, which will make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on whether to certify the report and approve the plan.

Planning Commission hearings are expected to begin in the fall, officials said.

The last time an area plan was prepared for Shandon was in 1980, officials said, but it was only a small piece of a much larger county document regulating growth.

In fall 2004, the Board of Supervisors called for an update.

The new version, titled the Shandon Community Plan Update, would help guide county planners in land use, new infrastructure needs such as roads, how improvements would be financed, and where commercial development and new housing would be allowed.

It covers the community of Shandon and about 1,680 acres surrounding it south of Highway 46 East.

The county has been working on the update with the Shandon Advisory Council as well as local agencies and residents.

Where to read the report

The environmental study document for the Shandon Community Plan Update and San Juan Village Fallingstar project is available at www.sloplanning.org under the News section. Printed copies are also available at:

Shandon Public Library – 240 East Centre St., Shandon

Paso Robles City Library – 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles

San Luis Obispo City/County Library – 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo

County Planning and Building Department – 976 Osos St., Room 300, San Luis Obispo

Share your view

What would you like to see studied? Mail a written statement by 5 p.m. July 30 to Jay Johnson, County Planning and Building Department, 976 Osos St., Room 300, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040. Johnson is also available at jgjohnson@co.slo.ca.us and 781-4573.

Reach Tonya Strickland at 781-7858. Stay updated by following @tstrickland on Twitter.