Our City Council recently approved by a 3-2 vote the two-story, 23-unit Morro Mist project at North Main/Bonita Streets. This project received six exceptions to the city’s subdivision requirements: from 50 percent commercial requirement (MCR/R-4 mixed commercial/residential) to 100 percent residential; interior yard setbacks; lot coverage; lot size; reduced private and community open space; and reduced parking.
Neighbors and others spoke against this project. The council received information concerning 13 Morro Bay land-use policies and/or zoning regulations this project was out of compliance with. A neighborhood petition containing 50 signatures against this project was presented. Given all this information, there was no discussion concerning the non-compliance issues or neighborhood concerns.
The bulk, size, and scale of this project are out of character with the scenic features of Highway 1, which is recognized within the City’s Visual Resources and Scenic Highway Element as a scenic highway. This project’s bulk is almost a football field wide and two-thirds of a football field deep.
This is a bad fit, disrupting the flow of commercial business while negatively impacting our adjacent residential neighborhood with overflow parking.