San Luis Obispo city councilmembers have officially agreed to disagree over the proposed Dalidio Ranch development project, Measure J.
After a three-hour council meeting on the controversial topic Tuesday, Oct. 17 including 90 minutes of public testimony from both sides of the issue councilmembers did not vote on the measure.
"We're here to listen to the community. Everyone has to decide for themselves," said Councilmember Christine Mulholland. Both she and Councilmember Paul Brown made a point of correcting various factual errors they've heard from proponents and opponents of the initiative.
The meeting also heard from representatives of CalTrans and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) about traffic impacts to Madonna Road, Los Osos Valley Road, and Highway 101 if the Dalidio farmland is converted into a large retail center, hotel, and housing.
Retired Cal Poly political science professor Richard Kranzdorf urged councilmembers to read the entire Measure J initiative rather than just the shortened version that appears on countywide ballots.
City attorney Jonathan Lowell told the council that that he has not conducted an in-depth analysis of the initiative, saying, "It's normal for any initiative to have legal issues. The issues will have to be resolved in the future."
Earlier this month, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously to oppose Measure J, the SLO meeting was told. ?