Residents met in the school gym to hear the results of the Draft EIR
|A public meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed San Miguel Ranch
was held January 13th at the Lillian Larsen School Gym in San Miguel.
Approximately 70 residents attended the meeting including about 20
Spanish speakers who were provided a separate area to hear the
presentation and ask questions in Spanish.
Three staff members from the San Luis Obispo County Dept. of Planning and Building Environmental Division
and 2 consultants presented the DEIR and its findings. The purpose of
the meeting was to assist the public with the process of reviewing and
commenting on the report.
The proposed San Miguel Ranch is located on 550
acres northwest of San Miguel, between the town and the Camp Roberts
military base. Approximately 389 homes are proposed to be built on
varying parcel sizes to include parks and trails. The project proposes
to build out by 2017 in four phases. The project will be required to
comply with the county’s new ordinance regarding affordable housing.
The development is estimated to generate 1,179 new
residents as well as 63 employees for the 18,000 sq. ft. of proposed
commercial space. This could mean a 73% increase to the population of
County staff members Steve McMasters and Elizabeth Kavanaugh fielded questions with Bill Henry,
a consultant from the SWCA Firm, in particular about water supply.
Water was voiced as a major concern of neighboring property owners, as
to the quality of the water supply and how neighboring wells would be impacted.
The San Miguel Ranch project will be required to provide up to 205 acre
feet of water per year. The well also has the capability to provide
another 582 acre feet for the San Miguel Community Services District.
The site has an existing well that has been tested and proven capable of
exceeding the required amount of water supply with a draw down of 10 to
20 feet to neighboring wells, even if the entire town of San Miguel had
to depend on the well for their water supply, per County staff's
interpretation of the water study model.
DEIR copies can be read at the San Miguel and Paso Robles Libraries or as a PDF file online. Visit the developer's website for design goals and a set of FAQs for the San Miguel Ranch project.
Comments can still be accepted via email
or mail to: Steven McMasters, County Planning & Building
Department, 976 Osos St., Rm. 300 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040.
Funds Needed to Display
in San Miguel
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar,
has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San
Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his
late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting
funds to be raised to cover the $1,000 cost of installing the 16' x 14'
outdoor canvas. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4
designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated
from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and
mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the
note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see
their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to
arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.
Troy Meeder hosted by
Morning Star Youth Ranch
Photos from Morning Star volunteers visiting Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Information Clinic
|Morning Star Youth Ranch is hosting Troy Meeder
as he visits the San Miguel/ Paso Robles area. Troy will make a
dynamic presentation regarding his work with youth and rescuing horses
at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch located in Bend, Oregon. The public is invited to hear Troy speak on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1450 Golden Hill Rd. in Paso Robles.
Meeder and his wife Kim, are the founders of Crystal Peaks Youth
Ranch. Together Troy and Kim have over 40 years of combined experience
reaching both children and horses that have known abuse and neglect.
Kim Meeder is author of the award winning book, Hope Rising. Troy is currently writing his own book about his work and experience in the ministry of the ranch.
|Morning Star Youth Ranch
is working towards a similar ministry to that of Crystal Peaks with
the vision to build bridges of hope, healing and restoration for local
families through the interaction of working with horses rescued from
neglect and abuse. Amazing miracles happen when children interact with
an abused horse through the one on one supervision of our trained
mentors. Morning Star has an all volunteer staff and a team of
faithful and generous volunteers who make the ranch's free program
For more information please contact Diane Odell, program
director for Morning Star Youth Ranch, at 805-226-2859 or visit their
Funds for Railroad Crossing
Dirt trail used to cross the railroad tracks pictured after a rain
The San Luis Obispo County of Governments Board of Directors
(SLOCOG) approved $350,000 in funds to go towards providing a
pedestrian railroad crossing at 16th street in San Miguel. Funds will
bring the project closer to reaching the estimated $1 million needed to
build the crossing.
The Public Utilities Commission held a hearing in San Miguel in April of 2006 for reopening the RR crossing at 16th street. The
purpose of the hearing was to gain permission to build an at grade
pedestrian crossing to make the tracks safe for kids and residents
walking back and forth to school as well as the YMCA and LEAP after
The railroad crossing was closed against the wishes of the
community as stated in a letter to the SLO Co. Board of Supervisors
from San Miguel Lions Club members Don Wolf and Joseph Joy, printed in
the San Miguel Banner dated June 15, 1967.
Residents as well as representatives from the California
Public Utilities Commission, the Union Pacific Railroad, and San Luis
Obispo County gave testimony before the Administrative Law Judge whether
or not an at-grade crossing should be installed at 16th Street
connecting Lillian Larsen School with housing developments on the east
side. County officials estimated pedestrians cross the track 70 to 80
times a day. The Judge later ruled in favor of San Miguel to grant
permission for building the crossing.
Ten freight trains and two Amtrak trains run on the tracks
daily. Standard pedestrian at-grade crossings include flashing lights,
bells, and a physical gate which will close automatically when a train
Mission Parish Hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
A special ceremony was held December 21st to break ground for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.
Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10
years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that
sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building
that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to
be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased
the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building
was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without
a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short
stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a
contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall,
restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Construction for the new building begins January 5, 2009
as well as the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main
sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read
more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.