The San Luis Obispo County supervisors seemed like they couldn’t bear the idea of rejecting a massive housing development—but in the end, they did. After hours of public comment and deliberation at its Dec. 8 meeting, the board voted 3-2 to reject a change in the county land plan that would have cleared the way for the San Miguel Ranch project, which would have greatly increased the size of the town of San Miguel.
The 389-house project has been in the works for years and was rejected by the planning commission. The developer, Brett Grizzle, offered to more than halve the amount of land used for housing and get rid of the commercial element to make his application more palatable to the board, but the offer fell on mostly deaf ears. Supervisors Frank Mecham and Katcho Achadjian voted for the plan. Adam Hill, Jim Patterson, and Bruce Gibson voted against it.
Mecham said he couldn’t approve the plan as designed, but thought some part of the proposal could be salvaged.
“Is there a way to do this without starting over?” Mecham asked. “There is an opportunity here, and I think we can find it.”
Hill said he also wished the county could get something useful out of the project, but in the end had to reject it.
“I kept looking through this, looking for something I could support,” Hill said. “But this is not the kind of growth we are ready for in this community.”
The county planning commission found 21 unavoidable significant environmental impacts in the initial proposed design