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Groups file lawsuit against SLO County over controversial housing project in Nipomo

The Board of Supervisors’ approved The Dana Reserve Project April 2024.
Beth Thornton
The Board of Supervisors approved The Dana Reserve Project April 2024.

Two local groups have sued San Luis Obispo County over a controversial housing project that will be built in Nipomo.

The Dana Reserve Project got the Board of Supervisors’ approval in late-April. But, the decision was met with disappointment from some local residents who will live near its construction.

A community organization called the Nipomo Action Committee teamed up with the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society to file the lawsuit.

They claimed, if built, the project would have significant impacts on the surrounding community, including the removal of 3,000 oak trees.

The Nipomo Action Committee also claims the city does not have the infrastructure to support the increase in population.

San Luis Obispo County did not respond to KCBX’s request for comment in time for this story.

The groups have been urging the county to present a different plan with fewer housing units that wouldn’t take away as many trees.

Gabriela Fernandez came to KCBX in May of 2022 as a general assignment reporter, and became news director in December of 2023. She graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Political Science. During her senior year, she interned at CapRadio in their podcast department, and later worked for them as an associate producer on the TahoeLand podcast. When she's not writing or editing news stories, she loves to travel, play tennis and take her 140-lbs dog, Atlas, on long walks by the coast.
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