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Mar 14, 2014 10:09 PM by LiLi Tan, KSBY News

County officials looking into Viva Farms for third time

Some Nipomo residents are asking the county to get involved in a dispute with a local nursery about land use and traffic issues.

Neighbors say Viva Farms expansion from five acres to 20 acres over the years has led to more and more semi-trucks infiltrating their neighborhood, and are asking county officials to look into whether the nursery is operating as a greenhouse.

The county has studied Viva Farms two other times in the past, and concluded that it was operating as a greenhouse. Neighbors believe the facility is really a distribution center, which the rural area is not zoned for.

Viva Farms owner Steve Pyle has told KSBY in the past that he's made numerous changes to his business in order to reduce traffic in the area. Some neighbors have noticed a difference.

"They've not been disruptive at all," Madeline Towery, who lives behind the nursery, said about the trucks. She says they come by "maybe once every two or three months. It's not that often."

Other neighbors KSBY spoke with Friday say they preferred not to speak on the record because of the ongoing dispute.

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Caren Ray says the county is studying Viva Farms and the surrounding area; however, in the end, it's up to the community.

"This is a community issue, not a government issue. We're not going to regulate our way out of this. This is about the community coming together and finding a solution," Ray said.

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