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UPDATE: SLO City Council fails to override Airport Commission for development plans

UPDATE: October 21, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

The San Luis Obispo City Council failed to garner enough votes on Tuesday night in an effort to override development restrictions put in place by the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC).

Council members voted 3 to 2 in favor of the override, but needed at least a 4 to 1 split for it to be succeessful.

Voting against the move were Council Members Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith. Mayor Jan Howell Marx, Vice Mayor Carlyn Christianson, and Council Member John Ashbaugh all voted in favor.


The San Luis Obispo City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on an update to the city's General Plan, the first such revision in 20 years.

The Land Use and Circulation updates to the document run in contrast however to the Airport Land Use Commission's (ALUC) safety zone. At issue is the city's call for more commercial development and residential housing within areas the city deems as safe, but the commission wants to restrict to a greater degree.

A council override of this safety plan would require at least four out of the five council members.

City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Director Derek Johnson says after years of extensive study, the council is well within its means to override the ALUC's restrictions.

"The City has all of the information in front of it to support its decision to make an overrule," said Johnson. "The record is clearly there, the substantial evidence has been provided for the City Council to exercise its right to overrule the Airport Land Use Commission."

Johnson said three of the seven ALUC commissioners are in support of an override vote.