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SLO City Council moves forward with update to general plan

The City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with it's controversial update to the General Plan. At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, members voted 4-to-1 to override the Airport Land Use Commission's guidelines for development.

Newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire was the swing vote, as a similar proposal failed back in October with now-retired member Kathy Smith voting against it. Rivoire replaced Smith.

At last week's meeting, he asked the council to postpone the vote for a week so he could more closely study the issue.

"What I learned this past week was, many other cities throughout the State of California have done general plan updates that included an airport override," said Rivoire. "They also received letters from Cal Trans explicitly requesting that they not do that, and none of those cities were sued."

Council member Dan Carpenter was the sole 'no' vote last night, repeating his October opposition to the update.