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SLO County waives $35,000 fee for Octagon Barn project

The landmark Octagon Barn on South Higuera Street just south of Los Osos Valley Road was built in 1906 as a dairy barn.
The landmark Octagon Barn on South Higuera Street just south of Los Osos Valley Road was built in 1906 as a dairy barn.

San Luis Obispo County has waived $35,000 in permit processing fees for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County’s agricultural museum and event center at the historical Octagon Barn south of San Luis Obispo.

The sum would have covered staff time for issuing construction permits for various new amenities at the Octagon Barn Center, including a meeting hall, educational and museum facilities and new restroom and storage facility.

County supervisors approved the waiver based on the fact that the new facilities will provide a public benefit by memorializing the county’s agricultural history. The facility will be available for public events and will provide a trailhead for the Bob Jones City-to-Sea Trail and a hub for three regional bicycle routes.

“This would be a unique facility and only one of a few in San Luis Obispo County,” said Brian Pedrotti, a senior planner for the project.

County supervisors voted Tuesday to waive the fees. County Supervisor Adam Hill, whose district includes the Octagon Barn, called the barn an “icon of the county.”

Hill said the improvements already made to the site by the Land Conservancy, including rebuilding the barn itself, have been impressive. Once complete, the events center will be a countywide asset, he said.

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