Supervisors postpone decision on Blacklake development

Blacklake Golf Resort is located on the Nipomo Mesa. Rob Rossi bought the resort in 2001.
Blacklake Golf Resort is located on the Nipomo Mesa. Rob Rossi bought the resort in 2001. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Blacklake Golf Resort owner Rob Rossi will have to wait a little longer before learning whether he can build a 120-room hotel and up to 100 new homes at his Nipomo development.

San Luis Obispo County supervisors decided at their meeting Tuesday to delay the decision on authorizing specific plan, general plan and land-use ordinance amendments for the 515-acre resort and residential development, to give staff more time to address concerns about open-space agreements at the site.

Rossi’s plans call for ripping up about 23 acres of turf on the 58-acre golf course and reconfiguring the course around new housing units and a hotel. The plan could also reduce the 27-hole course to 18 holes.

According to county staff, however, an open easement prohibiting development on the golf course was approved sometime in the past 10 years but never recorded by the county. That’s led to some confusion over whether any residential developments can be built on the current golf course site.

Also, the Blacklake Management Association, which represents the seven homeowners associations that make up the Blacklake Village, has a recorded covenant, condition and restrictions that prohibit building on the existing course.

Rather than prematurely approve the authorization before those details had been worked out, the county Board of Supervisors decided to continue the discussion to June 2.

The authorization would allow Rossi to begin the environmental review process on his redevelopment plans, before bringing them before the county Planning Commission at an as-yet-undetermined date.

Rossi's plans include adding up to 80 retirement units to the Nipomo housing development and relocating the existing clubhouse to Willow Road.

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