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San Luis Obispo County, California

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Planning & Building

Marvin Rose Interim Director

Bill Robeson Deputy Director

Rob Fitzroy Deputy Director

Environmental Review

Countywide Water Conservation Program
The proposed WNND component, of the Countywide Water Conservation Program, would require that all new urban and rural development offset new water use at a minimum 1:1 ratio in all groundwater basins certified at Level of Severity (LOS) III by the Board of Supervisors (the Urban/Rural Water Offset)for properties overlying the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin and the Nipomo Mesa Water Conservation Area. The proposed WNND also requires that, in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin only, all new or more intensively irrigated agriculture offset new water use at a 1:1 ratio (the Agricultural Offset program). The proposed Agricultural Offset program is an implementation tool for the WNND irrigated agriculture offset requirement, and is intended as a measure to substantially reduce groundwater extraction and lowering of groundwater levels in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin only. The proposed Urban/Rural Offset program for the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, and the Agricultural Offset program would have a sunset provision upon the final adoption of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan prepared by a local Groundwater Sustainability Agency or Agencies, pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Water Neutral New Development
The proposed WNND component would require that all new urban and rural development offset new water use at a minimum 1:1 ratio in all groundwater basins certified at Level of Severity (LOS) III by the Board of Supervisors (the Urban/Rural Water Offset). The three areas of the county that are currently certified at LOS III for water supply are the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, the Los Osos Groundwater Basin, and the Nipomo Mesa Management Area. The proposed WNND also requires that, in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin only, all new or more intensively irrigated agriculture offset new water use at a minimum 1:1 ratio (the Agricultural Offset program). The proposed Agricultural Offset program is an implementation tool for the WNND irrigated agriculture offset requirement, and is intended as a measure to substantially reduce groundwater extraction and lowering of groundwater levels in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin only. The proposed Agricultural Offset program would have a sunset provision upon adoption of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan prepared pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Water Waste Prevention The proposed WWP is comprised of two elements, an ordinance applying to urban and rural development and policy clarifications that would apply to agricultural operations. The proposed ordinance would apply to all existing and proposed urban and rural development within the unincorporated areas of the county where a water purveyor does not already have a similar ordinance (or other comparable program) in place. Provisions to reduce agricultural water waste would be limited to clarifications of policies and implementation measures found in the Agriculture and Conservation and Open Space Elements of the General Plan, which would include best management practices as well as implementation of an educational outreach program.

REVISED PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT - May 22, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT March 31, 2015

DSEIR Notice of Preparation Documents found here

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Countywide Water Conservation Program

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the Countywide Water Conservation Program is complete and available for review.

Please click on the “Comments” tab above for a list of locations where Hard Copies of the FSEIR and all documents referenced in the FSEIR, will be available for review.

Public comments received on the DSEIR during the public comment periods are available for review below:

How to get more information:
Hard Copies of the FSEIR and all documents referenced in the FSEIR, are available for review from the County Environmental Coordinator, 976 Osos St., Rm. 200, San Luis Obispo. Copies of the FSEIR are also available for review at the following locations:

 

  • Arroyo Grande Library
  • Atascadero Library
  • Cambria Library
  • Creston Library
  • Los Osos Library
  • Nipomo Library
  • Oceano Library
  • Paso Robles City Library
  • San Luis Obispo Library
  • San Miguel Library
  • Santa Margarita Library
  • Shandon Library
  • Cal Poly Library

If you need more information about this project, please contact Ms. Fowler at (805) 781-1172 or by email at waterprograms@co.slo.ca.us.

HEARINGS:
Public hearing(s) before the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission were held on:

  • May 14, 2015
  • May 29, 2015
  • June 4, 2015
  • July 30, 2015
  • August 13, 2015

 

Public hearing(s) before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors were held on, or are tentatively scheduled for:

  • July 21, 2015 (Consent Agenda - Introduction Item Only; Item was not scheduled for hearing)
  • October 6, 2015 (Two Consent Agenda Items – 1)Introduction of all amendments, and 2)Authorization for Alternative Publication)
  • October 27, 2015 (Hearing Agenda Item – Public Hearing, where the Board will deliberate and take action)

 

All hearings will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, San Luis Obispo.

Please refer to the Press Release for details regarding the Board of Supervisors public hearing process for consideration of the Proposed Countywide Water Conservation Program.