The California Coastal Commission has postponed a hearing scheduled for Thursday in Santa Cruz on whether Morro Bay and Cayucos can build a new sewage treatment plant next to the beach.
Commission staffers requested the continuance in order to give them more time to analyze the large number of comments about the project in recent days. This includes a 24-page response by Morro Bay to the commission staff report.
“We feel it is in the best interests of the public process to spend the time to review the material, understand and assess it, meet with you and others presenting it, and be able to properly frame and present it in a way that supports good decision-making,” said commission district director Dan Carl in an email.
The commission has not set a new date to hear the project, but project manager Dennis Delziet said it’s likely to occur at the commission’s October meeting.
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Morro Bay and the Cayucos Sanitary District have proposed building a plant at the site of the current, outdated one at the end of Atascadero Road in north Morro Bay.
Coastal Commission staff was highly critical of that location in its staff report, citing flooding and tsunami hazards. They recommend the plant be moved to a ranch adjacent to city limits on Highway 41.