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County and city come together

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San Luis Obispo County and Atascadero are officially joining hands to welcome the Eagle Ranch mixed-use project.

On Aug. 2, SLO County supervisors unanimously approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the county and Atascadero so the two entities can work together on the Eagle Ranch project, a mixed-use development of 6,545 acres on rural land bordering Atascadero.

Atascadero is currently updating its Sphere of Influence and plans to annex the Eagle Ranch project after environmental reviews are completed, probably sometime in 2013.

The property, currently a working ranch, could be developed under county guidelines into 452 existing lots. However, the property owners don’t want to make such a project and are working instead to annex some of the property into the city and donate about 3,000 acres to the Land Conservancy of SLO.

The MOA will help ensure the development complies with county growth and development principles, largely aimed at creating urban centers surrounded by preserved agriculture and open space.

Supervisor Jim Patterson, whose district includes Atascadero and Eagle Ranch, called the project and MOA with Atascadero a “great benefit for the community.” 

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