PISMO BEACH, Calif. - Sheila Blake is part of the grassroots group "Save Price Canyon" which has circulated petitions that would compel the Pismo Beach City Council to exert zoning control over future development in the Price Canyon area in San Luis Obispo County if its annexed into the city.
Or, put the issue of growth in Price Canyon on the November ballot to allow Pismo Beach voters to decide future development.
"There are four parcels of land totaling about a thousand acres that are in the county but they fall within the city's "sphere of influence", Blake says, "two developers who own these four parcels want to put massive development in Price Canyon consisting of a golf course, hotel, convention center, numerous forms of housing and they want to develop all of this and then be annexed into the City of Pismo Beach."
Blake says Save Price Canyon is not a no-growth campaign but she says its supporters have concerns about impacts to water supplies, local traffic and air quality from any "major" development in Price Canyon.
"Its too big for the area and its much too large for the economy", Blake says, "what people fail to remember is Pismo Beach does not get a lot of its revenue from building permits or property taxes, they get all of their money primarily from the hotels and the beaches, that's where our income comes from."
"We are not an extremist group that wants to take people's property away", Blake says, "the proposal that we have made in our initiative allows for paths, trails, houses, farms, agricultural operations, streams, all kinds of things that go on, it just does not allow for rampant, large, "mega" development."
Blake says the Save Price Canyon campaign has submitted more than 900 signatures to the Pismo Beach City Clerk's office for verification and validation, nearly twice the number required for ballot consideration.
Blake says the campaign is about local control over local growth.
"We're not trying buy it, we're not trying to confiscate it, we're not trying to do anything even close to that", Blake says, "what we're tying to do is make quality development in Price Canyon as opposed to rampant, urban sprawl."
"That nothing will change, unless the people vote for it", Blake says, "the land stays exactly the way it is unless someone wants to build a very large development, then it has to go to the people for a vote."
The petition and ballot initiative issue is expected to go to the Pismo Beach City Council for consideration in early June.