Developer revises proposal for rehab center in Carrizo Plain

The southern entrance to the Carrizo Plain.
The southern entrance to the Carrizo Plain. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A California Valley man who was rebuffed three years ago in his effort to build a 100-bed rehabilitation center in the Carrizo Plain is back with a scaled-down proposal.

The Planning Department, as it was in 2010, remains opposed to the plan.

Technically, Kenneth Tab’s appearance before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will be his plea for a so-called “lot split” — refiguring his land into different classifications, in this case commercial-retail.

Should he receive the lot split, he and his California Serengeti Corp. will try to put in a rehab center to treat people with drug, alcohol and other problems.

The proposed location is on a portion of a 32-acre parcel on Soda Lake Road, one and a half miles south of Highway 58.

The wellness center would abut an existing on-again, off-again commercial development that has held a motel, store, gas station, and restaurant. Currently, the motel and store are open for business.

County planners say the project is inappropriate, “given the lack of development, population base, and public services.”

In a staff report, planners add that, if anything, California Valley is over-developed commercially. The small community already has 14 acres of commercial-retail space for 356 people, they wrote, compared to nine acres in Santa Margarita for 1,260 people and 22 acres in Shandon for 1,200 people.

“The majority of the surrounding area is undeveloped and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future,” according to the staff report.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.