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Water supply deemed too tight for Pismo development

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The 180-acre Los Robles Del Mar sub-area won’t be joining the city of Pismo Beach any time soon.

Members of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) voted 5-2 on March 15 to deny plans for annexation into the city, citing insufficient water reserves to supply the proposed development of 312 sprawling homes in the seaside hills that line the northeastern edge of Pismo. Kris Vardas and Duane Picanco dissented.

A third-party consultant, the Shibatani Group, assessed the situation and found there is enough water to cover the city and the project for the next 15 years, but long-term reserves aren’t reliable enough to accommodate growth and the potential threats of drought, saltwater intrusion, and state restrictions.

Pismo Beach residents came to the meeting in full force to denounce the annexation.

“We got a lot of public input,” LAFCO Executive Director David Church told New Times.

The city is exploring options for future solutions, including wastewater recycling, but it can’t reapply with LAFCO for at least a year, according to Church.

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