San Luis Obispo County supervisors unanimously approved a new community plan for the small community of Shandon.
The motion was tentative, meaning it’s not official just yet, but supervisors had few qualms giving their nod to a plan that’s been in the works for about 10 years.
“As a community, we’re really happy with what has already been written,” said Greg McMillan, a Shandon resident and member of the Shandon Advisory Council.
It wasn’t always that way. Community members have been nervous about the scope of the plan, which is partly to develop a schematic of new zoning and infrastructure for the town and partly a testing ground for strategic-growth strategies for county planners.
The county planning commission OK’d the Shandon Community Plan at its Feb. 23 meeting, which includes preparation to bring more business to Shandon’s town core. The old community plan hasn’t been updated since 1981.
Residents were previously concerned with earlier plans that included growth estimates of as many as 15,000 residents—the town is currently home to about 1,200 people.
But after of coordination between county planners and the community, both sides seem to have reached a happy medium in terms of their desires for the future of Shandon.
Jay Johnson, project manager, gave thanks at the April 3 Board of Supervisors meeting to the “tremendous amount of people and countless hours” that led to the final plan.
Supervisors made a few last-minute tweaks to some of the language, particularly to sections concerning water use and impact fees from developers.