SLO County Roundup

SLO County

San Luis Obispo County and a handful of local governments have received state greenbacks for a series of green projects.

The state’s Strategic Growth Council awarded the four agencies more than $3 million in “urban greening and sustainable community planning” grants.

Atascadero will use its $564,700 to develop a “green parking lot” at the Charles Paddock Zoo and Lake Park.

Paso Robles will use $993,000 for a green upgrade of five blocks of 21st Street, near the Paso Robles Event Center.

The county government will use $399,000 to help implement local use plans that promote sustainable communities.

The city of San Luis Obispo will receive $880,000 for an update to the land use and circulation elements of its General Plan.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments — the county’s regional planning and transportation agency — received $239,000 toward its continued work on “sustainable communities strategy,” which requires regional transportation agencies to link land-use planning to transportation planning in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Regional collaboration is a necessary ingredient for the grants, according to Frank Mecham, chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

“In this time of increasing unfunded mandates and take-aways from the state, it is gratifying to get funding back that will promote progressive programs for our communities and help protect the resources in San Luis Obispo County,” Mecham said in a news release.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

A sign honoring retired San Luis Obispo Mayor Dave Romero was unveiled Tuesday afternoon at the city’s corporation yard at 25 Prado Road.

The City Council in October voted unanimously to name the yard in honor of Romero to recognize his years of service and leadership.

He worked for 36 years as the city’s director of public works prior to serving eight years as a councilman and eight years as mayor.

—AnnMarie Cornejo

Paso Robles

Paso Robles recently received $2.6 million in state funding to build a new park on the west side of town.

The 1.3-acre Uptown Family Park will be constructed adjacent to the new First 5 Early Education Center, which is located at 36th and Oak streets.

The park is slated to include an amphitheatre, a walking path, open space, a play structure and a picnic area among other amenities, according to the conceptual site design.

Construction is at least one year away, city officials said.

Paso Robles Director of Library & Recreation Services Ann Robb and officials with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education wrote the grant proposal.

— Tonya Strickland