Hearing set on Pismo Beach annexation

A hearing has been set for a local board to consider a request from Pismo Beach to annex a 182-acre property on the city’s eastern edge.

The San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission, which governs annexations, is scheduled to decide Jan. 19 whether to approve the request.

Doing so would set the stage for a development, called Los Robles del Mar, that includes 252 single-family houses and 60 senior citizen residences on a site bordered by Oak Park Boulevard, east of James Way.

In 2008, LAFCO denied Pismo Beach the ability to annex the land because the board didn’t believe the project included enough water to meet its needs. But earlier this year, developer Larry Persons of Pacific Harbor Homes LLC received council approval to obtain a transfer of water rights from another property owner that city staff says is sufficient to serve the project.

LAFCO staff is recommending approval of the annexation, with conditions that prohibit the use of groundwater as a water supply, require existing on-site wells to be capped, and open space to be dedicated in conservation easements.

The conditions have to be met before annexation can be completed.

Seven years ago, it was estimated the project needed 151 acre-feet of water for the homes and a private school, with the water drawn from on-site wells. An acre-foot is generally enough water for a few homes for a year.

Since then, Coastal Christian School has received county approval to use an on-site well for its project, and Persons has worked to reduce the amount of water needed through conservation measures — both factors dropping the annual water demand to slightly more than 100 acre-feet per year, according to the environmental documents.

Panel meets Jan. 19

The Jan. 19 hearing will start at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St. The staff report and attachments are available at www.slolafco.com, under the “current projects” tab.