Supervisors to discuss plan for hotel, 100 new homes at Blacklake Golf Resort

Golfers take to the links at Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo.
Golfers take to the links at Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo County supervisors are set to consider a request Tuesday that would pave the way for a 120-room hotel and up to 100 new homes at Blacklake Golf Resort, while removing about 23 acres from the 58-acre golf course.

The request would also allow up to 80 retirement units be added to the Nipomo housing development and relocate the existing clubhouse to Willow Road.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether it will authorize a specific plan, general plan and land-use ordinance amendment for the 515-acre resort and residential development.

The authorization would allow resort owner Rob Rossi to begin the environmental review process on his redevelopment plans, before bringing them before the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission at an as-yet-undetermined date.

The redevelopment plans are an effort to attract more visitors to the resort, which has seen a dwindling number of golfers and poor profits in the 15 years since Rossi bought the resort.

At a February meeting of the South County Advisory Council, which acts as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, Rossi said a hotel would help attract golfers who want “the resort experience,” as well as providing much-needed hotel rooms in the Nipomo area.

Rossi told the council that though the current plans are “very preliminary,” he and management are also exploring reconfiguring the 27-hole golf course and possibly reducing it to 18 holes, to help reduce maintenance costs and water usage.

Currently, the resort has about 200 acres of irrigated turf that uses about 2.5 acre-feet of water per acre a year. By ripping up about 23 acres of turf, Rossi said he could save approximately 94 acre-feet of water a year.

He has also proposed buying about 32 acre-feet of supplemental water from the Nipomo Community Services District once the pipeline from Santa Maria is completed. This, plus the savings from removing turf, would offset the water usage of new residential units, retirement condos and the hotel, Rossi said.

Several homeowners in Blacklake subdivisions have submitted letters to the county protesting the plans, with the major concern being that the development’s specific plan prohibits construction on the golf course to protect the open space and visual elements of the existing housing developments.

“The view from my backyard looks directly over several holes of The Lakes toward Willow Road and takes in a greenbelt that is enormously attractive and important to me,” Mike Maher, a resident of Blacklake subdivision Crown Pointe, wrote in a letter to the county regarding the project. “I am somewhat resigned to the fact that Blacklake will not be an attractive course for competitive golfers in the area if this redevelopment is approved. But what I cannot accept is the interference with my view and the resulting diminution of the quality of my home life.”

County supervisors will discuss the plans at their regular board meeting at 9 a.m Tuesday.

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