Mining Designation Amendments
Modification to the Land Use Ordinance, Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance, and General Plan relating to the Energy and Extractive Resource (EX) and Extractive Resource Area (EX-1) combining designations. The project will include the following components:
- Adjust the EX-1 boundary maps to reflect state-designated regionally significant mineral resources.
- Make editorial changes to policy language for clarity and consistency.
- Add language regarding agricultural land use compatibility in the Santa Maria River valley.
- Add language regarding urban land use compatibility in Creston.
- Clarify that the intent of the combining designations is to preserve mineral resources, rather than to expedite extraction projects.
- Distinguish between the EX and EX-1 designations and potentially rename them.
- Address impingement of residential uses in areas with significant mineral resources.
Comments and questions regarding the community plan update may be submitted via email to Michael Conger or mailed to the following address:
Department of Planning & Building
ATTN: Mining Designation Amendments/Michael Conger
976 Osos Street, Room 300
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
In 2015 the California State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) adopted Special Report 215, classifying significant mineral resources in San Luis Obispo County. Subsequent to this, the mineral resources were designated as being of regional significance. Pursuant to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), the County is now required to update its general plan to adopt mineral resource management policies.
On March 20, 2018, the Board of Supervisors directed County planning staff to proceed with updates. Staff expects to produce a Public Review Draft for distribution near the end of April.
The project’s milestones are expected to be as follows. However, all dates are tentative and subject to revision.
|Public Review Draft
||Late April 2018
|Public Hearing Draft
||Late August 2018
|Planning Commission Hearing
|Board of Supervisors Hearing