At a recent town meeting conducted by the City Council in Atascadero, Calif., best known for its proximity to coastal beaches and wine country, council members considered a Conditional Use Permit for a new local RV storage facility.
The land is owned by Atascadero Mutual Water Company (AMWC) and is within an Industrial Zone, adjacent to the Sycamore Industrial Park, off Highway 101. Council members were informed that the project would not affect the land as it stands.
Nineteen residents stayed late into the night to address the council during public comment on the item. Many of them stated concerns about the effect that RVs stored on the property would have on the Salinas River and the light pollution that is bound to happen. One member of the public even stated that she used to run an RV storage and the vandalism was extreme.
“I want to thank all of you for coming out tonight because while you can tell we’re going in the direction of upholding the decision, we are adding some additional conditions of approval, and that is because of this robust conversation we’ve had, and the input we’ve had from you as the public and we very much appreciate that,” said Mayor Heather Moreno.
The RV storage was approved unanimously with additional conditions slightly after 1 a.m.