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.
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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.