City leaders in Paso Robles voted late Tuesday night to move forward with the Cabernet Links & RV Resort but amend the project based on community input.
The resort is going to be built off Jardine Road north of Highway 46, south of Tower Road, near Paso Robles Municipal Airport. It will have 290 RV spaces, an 18-hole golf course, a vineyard, a swimming pool and a convenience store.
Many concerned residents met in recent months to build an appeal. Appellants Jeremy and Courtney Howard presented a laundry list of concerns at the appeal before the city council Tuesday night, including traffic volume and related noise, water use, potential groundwater impacts, and convenience store concerns ranging from nighttime light pollution to smoking or potential crime by the store's customers.
Local residents packed City Hall for the appeal. It was standing room only. Firefighters were keeping attendance at capacity.
"We all know that Jardine Road is in bad shape and the Jardine Road-Highway 46 interchange is very dangerous. This project is gonna force the city and Caltrans to address that issue," said Jamie Garretson of Atascadero, who supports the project.
"But across the street from this development, families are living there and their greatest fear is a dry well," said John Gallenstein, who lives on Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles, one of the neighborhoods directly impacted by the project.
"No general store, please. We don't want it. That's why we moved out to the country," added Paso Robles resident Vanessa Harris.
Others who live nearby voiced concern their property values would drop.
After hearing public comment, the council approved the project up until Phase 1, which includes the development of 47 RV sites and three buildings. Council members decided that construction should not continue beyond that until some traffic and sewer concerns brought up at the appeal hearing are addressed.