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SLO County revokes Pasolivo expansion permit

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Obeying a SLO County Superior Court order, the SLO County Board of Supervisors rescinded a permit it granted to Pasolivo to expand its processing and event operations west of Paso Robles.

Pasolivo now must prepare a full environmental impact report (EIR) to move forward with its plans, which involve hosting 20 events per year for up to 200 guests; building two facilities on site for olive processing, a tasting room, retail sales, a commercial kitchen, and storage; and demolishing and replacing a barn. 

The board’s Dec. 13 action marks another victory for Save Adelaida, a group of neighboring residents who launched a lawsuit protesting the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous July 2015 decision to issue Pasolivo a permit without requiring an EIR.

In its lawsuit, Save Adelaida claimed the project would cause, “irreparable harm to the Adelaida community, neighboring property owners, and the general public using Vineyard Drive.”

In June 2016, Superior Court Judge Ginger E. Garrett sided with Save Adelaida. She ruled that the group provided “substantial evidence to support a fair argument that the project has significant impacts on the environment such that a full EIR is required.” Garrett’s decision specifically found fair arguments for the potential impact on traffic, noise, and water supply in the area. 

Pasolivo has appealed the ruling. General Manager Marisa Bloch told New Times that the company was “reviewing its options” in the wake of the court and county decisions. 

In light of the appeal, 5th District Supervisor Debbie Arnold asked whether the timing was right to revoke Pasolivo’s conditional use permit.

“I’m not comfortable rescinding a permit when we don’t know what the decision is,” Arnold said at the Dec. 13 meeting. “It seems premature.”

Assistant County Counsel Tim McNulty reminded Arnold that the county was under court order.

“It just doesn’t work that way. We’re under the jurisdiction of the court,” he said.

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