Letters to the Editor

Traffic will only get worse in Avila, and the council isn’t helping

Traffic was bumper to bumper between the Cal Poly Pier and Port San Luis in 2012.
Traffic was bumper to bumper between the Cal Poly Pier and Port San Luis in 2012. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Fifteen years ago, the Avila Valley Advisory Council questioned why Avila traffic was measured in the middle in May.

County staff said that the equation was reverse engineered, or backed into, so that corrective action could be ignored.

The Board voted to change the methodology — it wasn’t clear to what the procedure would be in the future. Equipment placed this year continuously counts traffic.

The Board accepted from planning that an Area Plan Update would take five years.

Five years is unacceptable. Considering the drought, along with congestion/parking issues, there should be a building moratorium for Avila, which is not unprecedented.

The biggest problem affecting peak summer traffic are the for-profit unpermitted special events.

Little of the profit from these events goes to any charity. The golf course also charges for parking in designated open space, in violation of county conditions.

My perception from the meeting was that the can will be kicked down the road for several years until there is absolute gridlock.

Larry Bittner, Avila Beach

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