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A slide representing the Dana Reserve master plan is displayed at the SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 23, 2024. (Dave Alley/KEYT)

NIPOMO, Calif. – A two-day hearing regarding the Dana Reserve development concludes on Wednesday with the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors expected to vote on outcome of the much-debated project.

The final day of the hearing follows what was at times an emotional meeting on Tuesday, where dozens of people attended and spoke during the public comment period either in support of the project or in opposition.

After nearly three hours of public comment, the meeting adjourned for the night and resumed Wednesday at 9 a.m.

It was projected public comment period on Wednesday could last at least two hours, after which the Board of Supervisors will vote to determine on the fate of the project.

The Dana Reserve proposal is a 288-acre master-planned community with up to 1,370 residential units, 110,000-203,000 square feet of commercial and non-residential (Visitor Serving/Hotel, Education) floor area, a minimum of 55.6 acres of open space and 6.3 acres of recreation, and related circulation and infrastructure.

The project site is located on a highly visible 288 acre piece of property adjacent to Highway 101, on the westside of the freeway, just south Willow Road. The property is passed by thousands of vehicles daily traveling on Highway 101 and is located about one mile north of Tefft Street, the main commercial corridor of Nipomo.

Since it was first proposed four years ago by local developer Nick Tompkins, the project has generated a significant amount of discussion in the Nipomo area, particularly due to the potential impacts it may create to both the community and environment.

Over the past four years, several members of the community have formed a grassroots group called the Nipomo Action Committee, to develop an organized effort to oppose the project.

The group has been highly visible and vocal with its opposition, posting signage throughout the community, while also regularly holding meetings and events to spread their messaging to the public.

Tomkins, a Nipomo native, has long said the project will bring much-needed housing not only to Nipomo, but also San Luis Obispo County, and also pointed out the project will help the county meet a portion of its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).

Tompkins has been working on the Dana Reserve since 2018, and after years of planning and expenditure, he along with the project’s opposition, will finally learn its future when the Board of Supervisors delivers its decision at the conclusion of this two-day hearing.

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