Octagon Barn plans shape up

The Octagon Barn on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.
The Octagon Barn on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The Octagon Barn, a landmark on South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, will move a step closer to becoming an agricultural museum Thursday if the Planning Commission approves a proposal by the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

The conservancy intends to convert the 111-year-old structure to an agricultural museum with events and meeting spaces. It was unknown how much the proposed changes would cost.

Among the elements the group proposes for the barn and adjacent areas:

The restored barn would house an events center. The proposal in the county staff report limits the number of events to 100 a year with no more than 200 people per event.

A separate milking parlor would include a museum, classroom space and community room. It would accommodate docent tours, community group meetings, corporate retreats and other activities. It could include solar panels.

A windmill.

A separate 1,000-square-foot general-purpose building for storage that also would provide four bathroom stalls.

112 parking spaces.

Outdoor space for children’s activities, gardens and a corral for milking demonstrations.

The project, which would be phased in, is on two properties: one owned by Caltrans and the other by John and Howard Hayashi. The ­conservancy would lease the land, as well as build and maintain the museum.

The Planning Commission will discuss the general proposal as well as such matters as handling traffic on South Higuera, which is a major road.

It also will look at details of the proposed events, including time limits.

Hearing on Thursday

Who: County Planning Commission

What: Hearing on Octagon Barn

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo