Nearly 60 "Concerned Citizens" sporting blue shirts and holding "Safety First for Avila" and "Keep Wild Cherry Canyon Wild" signs were rewarded with a 5-0 vote. The SLO Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to direct Planning & Building to make updating the San Luis Bay Area Plan a priority. Updating will cost about $750,000 and take 2-3 years locally, plus 1-2 years at the Coastal Commission.
Another big win is the authorization of the Avila Beach Drive Traffic Program which will investigate:
The current and historical Level of Service on the road
All language in the Local Coastal Program created as a result of Ordinance 2702 in 1995 (including why the second week in May was selected and whether or not this is a feasible/appropriate standard)
Coastal dependent and Coastal related uses
Jim Hartig made the request and the Board voted 5-0 to do the traffic study. This investigation will take place using the Resource Management System and potentially involve an outside consultant. The cost is difficult to estimate at this time, but staff should be able to get this program back in front of the Board within 9 months. Likely results include a two-part report that will go to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors:
Planning items: Area Plan language, environmental issues, etc.
Public Works items: Traffic counts, circulation issues, etc.
Also, this process will likely involve a referral to AVAC, the Harbor District, PG&E and the Coastal Commission. The investigation will dovetail with the traffic section of the San Luis Bay Area Plan update and EIR.
Concerned Citizens for Avila gathered over 800 signatures on the petition requesting the revision of the master plan and Martin Suits presented these to the Board of Supervisors at the meeting. Our supervisor Adam Hill spoke in support of both the update and the traffic study.
It was a great day for Avila!