Plan to expand Dana Adobe in Nipomo gets $22,000 in fees waived

Backers of a plan to expand the Dana Adobe in Nipomo into a museum and visitors center will be excused from paying more than $20,000 in application fees, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

The board let the nonprofit Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos off the hook for $22,609 in three separate fees.

Supervisors were responding to a Planning Department request that the fees be waived because the center, when it is built, will provide a public benefit to the county.

Plans call for the 130-acre property at 671 S. Oakglen Ave. to eventually include trails and site interpretations, as well as a museum and visitors center that would be open to the public. Visitors, including local schoolchildren, would get a chance to learn about local history and culture. Capt. William Goodwin Dana established the Nipomo rancho in the late 1830s.

The opening date is set for 2017, according to an Amigos spokesperson.

The supervisors voted unanimously for the waiver, with Bruce Gibson absent. They noted it has substantial community support.