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Letters to the Editor: SLO Tribune readers write about Dana Reserve

The location of the proposed Dana Reserve housing development between Willow Road and Sandydale Drive in Nipomo. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the project today.

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The Dana Reserve plan is unacceptable

The Dana Reserve project and the resulting excessive growth and degradation of our natural areas will have serious consequences for our quality of life and general health and well-being. The increase in the number of vehicle kilometers traveled and the increased emissions cause, among other things, a deterioration of air quality.

The county has set Nipomo’s growth rate at 1.8% and the Dana Reserve project will exceed that rate. This is unacceptable as Nipomo does not have the resources to manage the growth that the project will bring. Nipomo’s demographics classify it as a community of color, as approximately 56% of residents are BIPOC.

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It is an established fact that communities like ours are particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of extreme growth and urban sprawl. Wise growth and conservation of our natural areas requires community collaboration, and the alternative plan is a joint effort led by the Nipomo Action Committee.

There is wisdom within our community to help provide answers to the pressing challenges we face, and we must do all we can to ensure Nipomo remains a vibrant, diverse and healthy place to live.

Carmen Alma Morales, Nipomo

Dana Reserve will help the employees of Lucia Mar

The Dana Reservation has committed to donating land to the Lucia Mar Unified School District. This will be for low-income housing, with priority given to teachers and district employees. Providing affordable housing options for our teachers and classified employees is critical to retaining a talented workforce and supporting the well-being of our schools. The exclusive negotiating agreement further underscores the developer’s commitment to working with the District and People’s Self Help Housing to ensure the success of this initiative. There will be 84 rental properties and the rent will be limited to a maximum of 30% of the tenant’s income.

The district will not bear any financial burden for the construction or management of low-income housing, making this a win-win situation for all parties involved.

The mitigation agreement with the developer, recently approved by the district, demonstrates our commitment to minimizing any negative impacts to our school facilities, and ensuring that our students’ educational environment remains a top priority.

I commend the LMUSD Board of Education and the developer for their collaboration on this effort. Together we can create a more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable future for our district employees and students.

Nancy DePue, Arroyo Grande

Editor’s note: Nancy DePue is the former superintendent of the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

Dana Reserve editorial ‘propaganda’

The Tribune’s editorial in support of the 288-acre Dana Reserve development in Nipomo read as if it had been written by the developer himself. It was so one-sided that it smacks of propaganda.

A project of this size would wipe out 3,094 oaks and Burton-Mesa chaparral. The scale of the destruction is breathtaking. This project would eliminate the storage of approximately 74 tons of CO2 per year. Certainly, the vastness of the Nipomo Mesa could provide housing sites without committing ecocide. As The Tribune’s editorial puts it, β€œThe planning process is so dysfunctional as to be nonsensical.” Let’s start over and sell the land to a land trust for actual preservation and find other locations more suitable for housing.

Mark Skinder

Los Osos