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SLO City Council to re-hear SLO Brewing Co. “nightclub” permit

SLO Brewing Co. co-owner Rodney Cegelski gave a site tour in February of The Rock, a new brewing production facility and taproom near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. On Tuesday, the City Council will reconsider the project’s “nightclub” use request after an administrative error in neglecting to notify area residents of the issue before the council’s April 19 approval of the nightclub use.
SLO Brewing Co. co-owner Rodney Cegelski gave a site tour in February of The Rock, a new brewing production facility and taproom near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. On Tuesday, the City Council will reconsider the project’s “nightclub” use request after an administrative error in neglecting to notify area residents of the issue before the council’s April 19 approval of the nightclub use. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Somebody apparently didn’t get the memo.

The San Luis Obispo City Council will hold a new public hearing in response to an “administrative error,” a failure to properly notify neighbors living close to a proposed nightclub that SLO Brewing Co. wants to open near the airport.

The City Council approved a permit and zoning amendment for the venue in a 4-1 vote on April 19. The vote approved a use permit for live entertainment at the nightclub, which would be called The Rock, at SLO Brew’s new brewery and taproom at 855 Aerovista Place.

However, the city failed to notify nearby residents of the April 19 ahead of time. By law, the city is required to notify residents within a minimum of 300 feet of the project boundaries.

“No notification went out for this project at all due to an unfortunate miscommunication between staff members,” a city staff report said. The report noted that the April 19 hearing was well-publicized through two front page articles in The Tribune and the hearing was well attended.

The city has issued 700 postcards to nearby residents notifying them that a new public hearing process has been scheduled for Tuesday’s council meeting.

“The city wanted to re-hear the item with full notification,” said Michael Codron, the city’s community development director.

City staff has confirmed that the notification error was an isolated circumstance and the issue that resulted in the error has been corrected.

San Luis Obispo staff report for the city council meeting on Tuesday

SLO Brew’s new production facility, which is now under construction to expand the company’s brewing and bottling capacity, was approved last year. The project near Broad Street (Highway 227) in southeastern San Luis Obispo will include a beer garden and a taproom that will serve casual pub food; no hard alcohol will be served, and the facility will close by 11 p.m.

SLO Brew co-owners Hamish Marshall and Rodney Cegelski applied for permits to include a beer garden and taproom that would serve casual pub food, beer and wine. The venue would host concerts, weddings and other events with a maximum of 600 people.

The brewery’s downtown nightclub and restaurant closed its longtime Garden Street location in December and is moving around the corner to 736 Higuera St.

The Rock’s “nightclub” use plan has created concern for some of the neighbors who live across Broad Street from the Aerovista Business Park. They say that the noise and traffic associated with the venue would be a nuisance.

The council’s April 19 approval included conditions that concerts must be held indoors and the outdoor patio must only play ambient music.

Shows inside wouldn’t be held until 7:30 p.m. on Fridays with venue doors closed during events. Events may be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Any ambient music in an outdoor courtyard would have to be turned off at 9 p.m.

The city sent notices to all residential properties bounded by Tank Farm Road, the railroad tracks, the southern city limit line, and Broad Street.

The city’s staff has determined that the notification error “was an isolated circumstance and the issue that resulted in the error has been corrected,” according to the staff report.

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