The Cambrian

5 named to panel on build-out

Crosby Schwartz, Alison Groves, Mark Rochefort and Ted Siegler (from left) were named to the standing committee, along with Mel McColloch (not pictured).
Crosby Schwartz, Alison Groves, Mark Rochefort and Ted Siegler (from left) were named to the standing committee, along with Mel McColloch (not pictured). ktanner@thetribunenews.com

Five Cambrians soon will begin meeting regularly as members of a committee investigating the community services district’s options for improving and paying for its plan to reduce the number of lots that can be developed in Cambria.

In a one-item special meeting that lasted just short of an hour April 8, Cambria Community Services District directors appointed to the Buildout Reduction Plan (BRP) committee:

▪  Mark Rochefort (appointed by board President Gail Robinette).

▪  Mel McColloch (by board Vice President Mike Thompson).

▪  Ted Siegler (by Director Jim Bahringer).

▪  Crosby Schwartz (by Director Greg Sanders).

▪  Alison Groves (by Director Amanda Rice).

The CSD board members soon will also recruit and get acceptances from five other people the directors are to recommend as alternate members at the BRP’s first meeting. The committee could then formalize the appointments, according to district counsel Tim Carmel.

As of midday Tuesday, April 12, according to CSD General Manager Jerry Gruber, no date had been set for the committee’s first meeting, and the board members had not identified the five potential alternates.

At the April 8 meeting, the CSD board gave the committee a deadline of 60 to 90 days to complete its work.

One of the first few meetings is likely to include an in-depth presentation by the consultant about BRP history and importance.

Meeting law applies

Carmel emphasized that, because it’s a standing committee, not an ad hoc committee (which can only be composed of two district board members, with no members of the public), the new BRP group is subject to the California’s public-meeting (Brown Act) restrictions for agendas, open meetings, public disclosures, etc.

The committee is to work with a county planner, district staff and someone from Michael Baker International (the EIR consulting firm) on an as-needed basis.

Among the committee’s responsibilities are determining how many truly buildable lots are left in Cambria, other than the 665 or so that are on the water wait list, and coming up with “creative” ways to buy or retire those lots that aren’t on the list.

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