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Vacancies looking for filling!

LOCAC meetings/news

We are now on the hunt for people who love representing their community – districts 1 + 3 (Click here to see what district you’re in) – we could especially used some people to represent business owners, renters, or minority populations (including income, ethnicity, or parents of school aged children!) If you’re interested let Trish Bartel know! She will be glad to answer any questions you have!

  • Land Use committee looking for members – visit our website to learn more!

    (Thanks, Marie, for the feedback!)

Anastasi Project – 97 Homes

Can Osos handle nearly 100 new homes? Educate yourself and weigh in!

LOCAC is asking everyone who is concerned to educated and attend the Board of Supervisors meeting either by Teams or in person on October 31, 2023. Info here on how to join.

The Los Osos Community Advisory Council (LOCAC) heard about the Anastasi project (additional info here) for the first time at our September 28, 2023 LOCAC meeting. This is a project that usually doesn’t go through to LOCAC, which is why it was a surprise.  After the presentation, there were a number of questions and concerns voiced about this project, which dates back to a 1989 vesting tentative map.  The Anastasi project can be a win-win project if the County is willing to address a few concerns from LOCAC.  The major concerns are listed below:

Water issues

Per all 3 of the LO water purveyors, the LO water basin is in managed overdraft. On August 25, 2021 all 3 water purveyors signed a letter addressed to SLO County Department of Planning and Building stating that on page 5 states “recent monitoring data and the Basin Metrics both indicate that Basin conditions as a whole are static or worsening”. This letter was to deny ADU’s in LO which can be up to 1,500 SF.

  1. How can GSW 4 month after signing the above document, give Anastasi a will serve letter for 97 homes
  2. The will-serve letter from GSW requires the developer to pay for infrastructure and a new well.  A new well will not bring new water to LO.
  3. How can the County who participates with BMC and the Coastal Commision allow a will-serve letter to be given when neither the BMC or CCC believes there is an adequate water supply.
  4. No where in all the BOS attachments and documents state that the 200 people in LO waiting to build will go first prior to this development. (attachment 8)

Coastal Commission

The Coastal Commission is not lifting Special Condition 6 in the foreseeable future.  Special Condition 6 can’t be lifted until there is proof of an adequate water supply.  Additional sewer hook-ups are not allowed until Special Condition 6 has been satisfied by the Coastal Commission.  This means this project can’t meet the criteria needed to be voted on by the BOS.

Old-style tract

Revisions to the map made in 2017 included storm drains and affordable housing (attachment 3).  Why did the County not update the map to become a modern development like elsewhere in SLO County (Righetti Ranch).  

  • The 1989 Anastasi map has zero parks, green space or safe routes to schools.
  • This development is on the LOVR corridor, what steps will be taken to protect pedestrians, cyclists and school children when you add approximately 400 people and 200 additional cars.
  • The 1989 map doesn’t show the easement or multiple wells on this parcel that belong to ST water.  
  • The needs of LO are affordable housing, multi-family housing and parks
  • How can the County allow 15 extensions when the subdivision map act states that a vesting tentative map expires in 24 months and allows 6 one year extensions.  This project has had 15 extensions over 30 years.
  • This project never came to LOCAC or the community of LO

Water Rights An Issue?

Pattern of behavior between S and T Water and GSW has been occurring since 1990.  It’s a David and Goliath story.  GSW has absorbed ST water territory twice now.  First with the Monarch subdivision and now with the Anastasi project.  Both times the same players have been involved.  There is a PUC Court case pending on who is responsible to provide water to this parcel. Can this 1989 map be approved if we don’t even know who has the water rights?

SLO County Code Enforcement

Here is the County of San Luis Obispo Code Enforcement Department process for reporting code enforcement concerns.

Go to SLO County’s website – here is a hotlink to the forms

    • Fill out the appropriate form (requires the APN or address of violation)
      1. If it is a violation for a short term/vacation rental click on the link to that site or call 805-723-2500
      2. If it is a cannabis violation click on the link to that site
      3. If you would like to speak to the Code Enforcement office staff directly, call 805-781-2350

The Hotline number is 805-788-2350. This number is answered by a third party company 24/7. The person will ask the caller questions to better understand the situation. The third party company will then email all the information received and send it by email to the Code Enforcement Office.

What happens next when the Code Enforcement office receives the written report:

  • The code enforcement concern is assigned an investigator to respond
  • The investigator will contact the reporting party to review complaint
  • The investigator will complete a site inspection

If a violation is found, the owner of the property has one month to resolve the issue

If the violation is not resolved, a fine will be sent to the property owner. Fines are accessed after failure to resolve the identified violations of County Code. Referrals to the County Hearing Officer will occur after failure to resolve the identified violations and failure to pay the assessed fees or fines.

When reporting, please remember there are many good reasons for something to fall out of code, or which may be compliant. All parties have rights.

Traffic + Circulation meeting!

The Traffic and Circulation committee of the Los Osos Advisory Council will have an in person meeting May 16th at 6 PM.  The meeting will be held at the CSD Office at 2122 9th Street Suite 110.  The subject of our meeting will be Safety on our Streets for Vehicles, Bikes and Pedestrians.  If you would like to make a Public Comment please attend.  If you cannot attend you can send your comment to the chair Deborah Howe.  Email at deborah.locac@gmail.com
Please share this information if you live in Los Osos.

January Newsletter Content

We have urgent need for some of our members due to the rains.
Our neighbors experienced a major mudslide event and Support Los Osos and others mobilized to help – the project is ongoing and you can find out more at their Facebook page.

We are grateful to all of you who have contributed how you can, and  please share this email so we can make sure we reach as many people as possible with this and other ways to help the community. Big wins for LOCAC in 2023!Tree planting at the community park – email for dates and details Los Osos will be included in DWR’s upcoming Aerial Electromagnetic (AEM) Geophysics Survey in Spring 2023! This could provide a significant opportunity to collect additional hydrogeologic data for the Los Osos Basin and improve our understanding of groundwater flow and seawater intrusion.We were granted a Complete Streets Safety Assessment and will be working to bring all stakeholder groups in Los Osos together to discuss what’s needed and hopefully be forging a collaborative path forward together for everything.We are formalizing our involvement with the CSD as a supportive partnerWe have developed a permitting chart that enables a bit more transparency into the processOutreach committee is about to relaunch – every 4th Wednesday! Links to all meetings on website
See something that should be here? Send us an alert!Did you know?There are ALWAYS people in need in Osos and Support Los Osos is only one of many groups supporting our community. The proliferation of groups is what makes us special.

Do you take walks? If you see Sahara Mustard – yank it out, now’s the time!

Go electric in your home, office, and transportation affordably thanks to local rebates!

See something that should be here? Send us an alert!In the news!- SLO Trib editorial about the Patten supervisor map leaving us unrepresented
– President Biden declares Federal Emergency in SLO County due to rains
– Citizens Group Fighting for Los Osos
– Coastal trail takes a big step forward
– Monarch Grove in Los Osos


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