Coastal Commission delays Pismo BeachWalk Hotel appeal



The appeal of a controversial resort hotel project in Pismo Beach will have to wait another month until it goes before the California Coastal Commission.

Kevin Kahn, district supervisor for the Coastal Commission’s Central Coast District office, said the appeal of the proposed 128-room, 94,000-square-foot hotel and resort—which was initially scheduled to come before the commission at its Oct. 7 meeting—was postponed at the recommendation of staff until November. 

“We are still waiting for some additional information from the application,” Kahn told the New Times. “So we are working with them to get that.”

Kahn didn’t go into specific details about what information staff was waiting for from the applicant, Nexus Development, but did mention the issue of low-cost guest accommodations. The California Coast Act includes language that calls for protecting and providing low-cost overnight lodging “where feasible.” In the past, the commission has collected money from developers of luxury hotels and used the money to fund hostel beds, campsites, and other low-cost lodging.

The postponement is yet another step in Nexus’ efforts to build the hotel, and the work of some area-residents to stop it from being built. The project was initially approved by Pismo Beach’s planning commission earlier this year. But a group of people, including some Pismo residents, appealed the decision to the City Council. Their concerns about the project, which would be located on Pismo’s beachfront between Stinson Avenue and Hines Avenue, included worries over the hotel’s impact on traffic and parking, beach view obstruction, and water usage. Despite those concerns, the council denied the appeal at a meeting in June. The project was then appealed to the Coastal Commission.

While both sides wait for the commission to hear the appeal, the project is also facing legal opposition. A local group called Central Coast Environmental Protection filed a petition in SLO County Superior Court July 2 asking for a judge to halt approval of permits for the BeachWalk Hotel, arguing that the project didn’t comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.

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