Coastal Commission to revisit seismic testing at Pismo Beach meeting

The California Coastal Commission will hold a busy three-day meeting starting Jan. 9 in Pismo Beach that will feature hearings on many local issues, including a follow-up on its previous decision regarding seismic testing offshore of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

The hearings will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building, 780 Bello St. A field trip to Diablo Canyon will take place after the commission’s morning session.

San Luis Obispo County items on the agenda are:

  • The Morro Bay-Cayucos wastewater treatment plant. On Jan. 10, the commission will hear the application by the two communities to demolish the existing sewer plant and rebuild a new one at the same location near Morro Rock. Commission staff is recommending that the project be denied mostly due to the existing location’s close proximity to the beach and the mouth of Morro Creek. Staff is recommending that the treatment plant be moved to an inland location. Possible alternate locations include a ranch off Highway 41 east of Morro Bay or at the Chevron marine terminal between Morro Bay and Cayucos. The city has opposed this due to the costs involved.
  • PG&E offshore seismic surveys. At its November meeting in Santa Monica, the commission unanimously denied Pacific Gas & Electric’s request to conduct high-energy seismic surveys offshore of Diablo Canyon. The surveys were proposed as a way to gather new data about earthquake faults near the nuclear plant. At that meeting, the commission asked staff to bring back revised findings that further bolster its reasons for denying the application. The commission is scheduled to adopt those new findings.
  • Cave Landing home. On Jan. 10, the commission will hear an appeal of plans by Rob and Judi McCarthy of Bakersfield to build at 5,500-square-foot home, a secondary residence and garage on a bluff some 500 feet north of the parking lot for Pirates Cove Beach on Cave Landing Road, Avila Beach. The couple is also seeking vested rights to have a water pipeline installed to the home. Staff is recommending that the home be scaled back, relocated and screened in order to reduce its visibility from Cave Landing and that the vested water pipeline rights be denied.
  • Pismo Beach home. Also on Jan. 10, the commission will consider an application by Vaughn and Mary Koligian of Fresno to build a two-story duplex on raised pilings on Addie Street at the mouth of Pismo Creek. A portion of a neighboring residence would also be demolished. Commission staff is recommending that a scaled-back, one-story home be approved.
  • Pismo Beach seawall. On Jan. 9, the commission will consider a seawall proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the St. Andrews sewage lift station next to Memory Park. Staff is recommending approval with some modifications.
  • Pismo Beach planning update. On Jan. 10, the commission will hold a public hearing on a request by the city to amend its local coastal plan to update design and bluff set-back standards as well as current information about public parks and coastal access ways. Staff is recommending approval with modifications.
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