SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend an ordinance banning groundwater-dependent development in areas overlying the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin for another 22 months and fifteen days.
The vote was unanimous with the exception of Supervisor Debbie Arnold who abstained from the vote in protest of a portion of the ordinance, which defines the term ‘vested rights’. Arnold says the current definition is too vague and would lead to confusion amongst developers and unknown economic consequences.
Arnold addressed those who have expressed disappointment in the board for dragging their feet on the extension, saying, “I’m disappointed too. Last week I came prepared to vote for an extension to the ordinance, but only after we decide on a clear definition of vesting. We had five weeks to do that. I had asked for that definition resolution to be agenized, but when it came down to it the board chose to table that definition.” For the complete article see the 10-11-2013 issue.
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