The Pismo Beach City Council unanimously voted to scrap a proposed “inland arterial” road crucial to the floundering Spanish Springs and Los Robles Del Mar developments during its Oct. 15 meeting.
The vote was the council’s most recent step back from the controversial developments. Ever since a lengthy June 18 hearing that ended in the council partially approving the Spanish Springs development, the council has backed away from that determination.
After Pismo residents opposed to the development filed a petition on July 16 to challenge the partial approval via a town-wide vote, the council unanimously voted to rescind the action on Sept. 3.
The council’s action on Oct. 15 effectively nixed the proposed connector road between the Spanish Springs and Los Robles Del Mar developments in unincorporated SLO County.
A key segment of the hypothetical road crosses a 350-acre ranch owned by the Mankins family, which has long opposed any incursion on their property.
“We just don’t feel that the inland arterial road could be achieved in the current proposed location,” said Community Development Director Jon Biggs.
Biggs said the city would still investigate alternatives to the inland arterial road so it can meet its circulation element goals—though there are currently no alternatives on the table.
The resolution officially directed city staff to enact the “removal from any General Plan language and diagrams the segment of the inland arterial that crosses property owned by the Mankins family at present.”
Biggs said the city plans to initiate a comprehensive update to its city circulation element in the late spring/early summer of 2014.