After a two day public hearing with several proposed changes, the San Luis Obispo county planning commission voted 4 – 1 to approve the Dana Reserve specific plan, which will go to the county board of supervisors for its final approval.
The changes proposed by the planning commission included increasing the number of affordable homes, dropping the age restriction for three of its neighborhoods, adding more bicycle and pedestrian connections, and reducing the number of oak trees needed to be removed.
The oak tree removal has been a key issue in the development of the plan outside of Nipomo, and with the current changes, the development will now remove approximately 858 fewer oak trees than before, though 3,094 oak trees are still expected to be removed.
The one dissenting vote from the planning commission was commissioner Anne Wyatt.
The date for when the plan will appear on the board of supervisors agenda has not yet been decided.