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See  Upcoming Events Section Below. Other Recent Activities (including meetings overview) now on “Recent Activities” page

NCAC Needs volunteers!!

Note that the date for applying as a candidate for NCAC positions has passed . However, there are still some delegate and alternate positions open, which can be filled by appointment (and a vote of the NCAC). So, if you have any interest in being on the NCAC, and involved with your nearby community, here are the Openings:

  • Agricultural representative

  • Area 8 (Lodge Hill, Top of the World) Alternate

  • Business alternate

  • Hispanic alternate

Additionally, we welcome residents to join our committees — Land Use, Transportation/Traffic and Outreach.


If you have any questions about which area you live in, the area maps are on our “About/Area Maps” page.

Events

Note that we've modified the website a bit -- added 2 new sections: "Land Use" and "Transportation" -- these are important areas in the community, so we separated issues related to these two, to have their own pages.

 

NCAC Meetings and Recent Items:

  • There will be a donation drive, to benefit Beautify Cambria on Saturday, 18 May, at the Santa Rosa church parking lot on Main Street (9AM to 3PM). Poster link is HERE

  • The last NCAC monthly meeting was  on Wednesday 15 May 2024. YouTube video of the meeting is HERE. Discussion of the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) by CCSD is just after the meeting break (about halfway through the video). 

  • Agenda items included:

    • 1.  Supervisor Gibson discussed the county's position on the recent (Cambria Park Hill) dog attack. Additionally, the victim of the attack (who was badly injured, and his dog was killed) gave his position, along with a few items for public safety that the county might consider
      2. Supervisor Gibson also discussed the abandoned house at 343 Harvey – Again, the county position is that the house is not “abandoned” although it has not been lived in for several years, and is clearly not habitable. As NCAC pointed out, the "fence" allows almost anyone/anything to get into the house. 
      3. Referrals from the county, for the Land Use Committee. 3 are on State Park property, 2 on private property. Referral links and Zoom link to the LUC meeting will be on the NCAC Land Use Page.

  • Agenda Items for NCAC’s LAST monthly meeting (Wednesday 17 April 2024) -- Link to the YouTube video is  HERE.  Draft minutes are available on the "Minutes of Meetings" page.

    • Pedestrian and Transportation Needs in Cambria – based on CCSD PROS committee of CCSD.

      • Link to PROS Commission list -- LINK

      • Attachment – Paving Cambria East Ranch Access road – LINK

      • Attachment – 4 Intersections at Highway 1 – LINK

      • Attachment – Santa Rosa Creek/Hwy 1 crossing – LINK

      • LINK to the county’s interactive map system for transportation needs

    • SLOCOG presented their proposed investment plan (to be voted upon by the electorate) – link to the presentation is HERE.

    • At last month's meeting of the North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC), there was a discussion about the SLO County Planning Commission's decision on the new Cambria Christmas Market permit request. Since then, we learned that an appeal to the decision has been scheduled for July 9, 2024. Your comments should be emailed before July 8, 2024, to Nicole Ellis, Senior Planner at the Planning and Building Department, at nellis@co.slo.ca.us .The Planning Commission commented that they hadn’t received many comments about the Christmas Market from Cambria, so didn’t see a “ground swell” of opposition to the market. 

    • Update on fire insurance from the Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group (David Pierson)

    • Note that the date for the Beautify Cambria/Goodwill Donation Drive fundraiser has been changed to Saturday, May 18th, from 9AM to 3PM, still at Santa Rosa Church.

    • We discussed the recent (March 9) dog attack incident on Park Hill, in which a small dog was killed and the victim dog's owner lost part of a finger. NCAC has gotten involved to the extent of making sure that county animal control follows up properly to ensure public safety. NCAC has not yet gotten a reply from email sent to the County Supervisor and head of Animal Services about the availability of proven indicators of previous bite incidents by the same animal. A link to a paper (written by the victim) indicating date and time of previous attacks is HERE

  • The Goodwill Donation drive fundraiser for Beautify Cambria Association is now on Saturday, 18 May, 9AM to 3PM, at the Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Link to the letter is HERE

  • The last NCAC monthly meeting was held on Wednesday 20 March 2024 at 6PM, via Zoom. Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Link to the YouTube video is HERE. Agenda has been placed on website ("meeting agendas" page) . Draft minutes have been  placed on the "Minutes of meetings" page.

    • Agenda Items for NCAC’s last monthly meeting (Wednesday 20 March 2024)

      • CCSD General Manager McElhennie wrote a comprehensive letter last week, which included information on the status of the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). During the meeting, he expanded on some of the items in the letter (see Minutes or video for details)

      • NCAC has had some retirements and potential new delegates. During the meeting, we voted on Christina Galloway as our new Environmental representative, and Jeff Bloom as our new Area 2 ( Happy Hill, Leimert) delegate. Both were approved by NCAC vote.

      • The SLO planning commission met on Thursday, 22 February at 9AM. At our last NCAC meeting, the council voted on a series of recommendations to the Planning Commission. These included:

        • Limiting permit duration to 10 years

        • Relocate the free shuttle pick up location on Main Street to a location off Main Street

        • Offering complimentary Cambria resident passes

        • Removing the 6 additional days between Christmas and New Years

        • These were not included in the final recommendation of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission commented that they hadn’t received many comments about the Christmas Market from Cambria, so didn’t see a “ground swell” of opposition to the market. At the Commission meeting, there were members of the NCAC Land Use Committee, plus two other local residents.

      • The Land Use Committee  also reported on two referrals received recently. We discussed results from site visits to San Simeon Campground (new Modular buildings) and renovation/rebuild at 2675 Sherwood, Cambria.  Mr. Kwasny  (LUC chair) moved to approve the first referral (for installation of three modular residences at the San Simeon State Park campground),  Council approved. After discussion about whether sufficient documentation had been received for the Council to vote on the second referral (to replace an existing residence with a new one), Mr. Kwasny postponed the vote to the April meeting.

      • Status of storm-related repairs. As we’ve seen, the situation on Pine Knolls is over a year old, so residents have taken a “ground swell” movement to undertake petition and other citizen actions within the county. We also are waiting on a number of other storm-related repairs (Lampton Park, sea walls, etc.) which may be responsibility of organizations other than Public Works.

      • Update on fire insurance from the Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group (David Pierson). Mr. Pierson emphasized that the CFSFG report contains a weblink which can be accessed as a first step for homeowners who need information on fire insurance. In response to a question from the audience about the cost of fire insurance, Mr. Pierson said the decision by many insurers to cease doing business in California has resulted in efforts by Governor Newsom and the Insurance Commissioner to modify the premium structure so that some costs can be passed to policyholders, which might result in insurance companies reentering the California market.

      • Transportation report – trails, sidewalks, etc. and priorities. Postponed to April, because of the lateness of the meeting. 

      • Beautify Cambria also made a short presentation about their Goodwill Donation Drive fundraiser on on May 18th (9AM to 3PM -- NOTE date change from earlier) at Santa Rosa Church.

  • Note that some recent links have been added below. These include items which CCSD has sent to various committees for study. Also, we've provided links to allow interested parties to comment on the proposed Morro Bay Windfarm project. 

  • The county Board of Supervisors is investigating a Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) for SLO county. While the initial BOS meeting on this has passed, residents are still able to pass comments on the IRC to the BOS. You can send a message for all Board members at:   boardofsups@co.slo.ca.us  (be sure to put IRC in the subject line). 

  • Also, AT&T is requesting the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to allow AT&T to do the following:

    • Application 23-03-002: regarding the application of AT&T California to Withdraw its Eligible Telecommunications Carrier Designation

    • Application 23-03-003: regarding the application of AT&T California for Relief from its Carrier of Last Resort Obligation

    • Please visit apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/A2303002 to submit a public comment about AT&T California’s application to withdraw its Eligible Telecommunications Carrier designation.

    • Please visit apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/A2303003 to submit a public comment about AT&T California’s application for relief from its Carrier of Last Resort Obligations.

  • The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) is considering incorporation (becoming a city). In order to fully understand the pros and cons of this, there are some file links to look at:

    • Report on Revenue Enhancement for the Cambria Community Services District, Available HERE​​

    • Pros and Cons of Incorporation, available HERE.

    • Current CCSD Budget (FY 2023/24), available HERE

  • The SLO county supervisors recently completed a survey of Community Area Councils (of which NCAC is one of 11, for the unincorporated areas of the county). At their meeting on 5 December, the BOS voted to accept the revised rules for CACs, with an invitation to the community to "weigh in" with comments. The BOS will then review the handbook in the next year, and update as necessary.  Links to the various documents are below:

    • Survey results -- HERE

    • Revised CAC Handbook -- HERE

Summaries of recent meetings and other activities may be found on the "Recent Activities" page, while meeting minutes may be found on the "Minutes of Meetings" page. 

Following a recent meeting, county planner Kip Morais reached out to  the Parks Department after the meeting and got this:

Based on discussions with planning staff on other storm damaged infrastructure along coast, per County regulations – emergency permits may be issued to implement temporary stabilization measures, and may require additional permits i.e. grading/ encroachment permit(s) as applicable.  We determine this in consultation with Coastal Commission staff and other dept staff.   After the emergency ceases, and within 30 days of issuance, a proper Minor Use Permit / Coastal Development permit application shall be submitted to have the improvements carefully reviewed in compliance with the County coastal codes and policies. This may result in possible removal and/or alterations of the improvement installed.

An emergency permit will not speed up the process for implementing the ultimate long term project, it is just a way to stabilize vulnerable infrastructure temporarily until a permanent fix can per fully designed permitted and implemented. The coastal accessways do not meet the criteria for an emergency permit.  Here is the full code section below:

Emergency Permit  https://library.municode.com/ca/san_luis_obispo_county/codes/county_code?nodeId=TIT23COZOLAUS_CH23.03PERE_23.03.045EMPE 

About the North Coast Advisory Council

San Luis Obispo County established interactive advisory councils serving as information conduits for unincorporated areas of the county.   The North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC) was formed in 1996. The area covered by the NCAC ranges from Harmony going north to the Monterey County line, from the ocean going east to Rocky Butte.

Objectives: The NCAC is the North Coast community’s connection to decision-makers in county government on issues such as land use, planning, traffic and circulation, policing and code enforcement.
Our Mission: Establish an organization representative of the people of the North Coast Area in matters of civic interest, and to represent the community before all bodies, public and private, where the subject is appropriate to the objectives of the NCAC.

Council Members: NCAC members are elected by their neighbors to serve seven geographical voting areas in Cambria and one in San Simeon.  These elected members serve two year terms.  The Council also appoints representatives for business, agriculture, environment and Latina/Latino interests.

  • ​New Brochures (Mar 2022)

    • NCAC Printable Brochure (English)

    • NCAC Printable Brochure (Spanish)

  • See the NCAC Governing documents (by-laws, etc.) on the “About/Governing documents” page

If you have an interest in being a delegate, alternate, or on a committee,  Contact us.

If you have interest in being either a delegate, alternate, or member of one of the NCAC committees, contact Karen Chrisman (Outreach Committee Chair),  Brian Glusovich (NCAC Chair), or any of the NCAC delegates or committee members (see "About" page on website) or send email to outreach@NCACSLO.org

Contact Info for the SLO County Sheriff’s office

 

 

  • See the County Sheriff’s contact page, https://www.slosheriff.org/contact.php to contact various divisions of the Sheriff’s office

  • For Emergencies, as always, call 911

  • For non-emergencies, or if you’re unsure about what type of report to submit, call the sheriff’s dispatch at (805) 781-4550

  • For non-emergencies, The Public Safety Citizens Service Portal is available at http://report.citizenserviceportal.com/home/agency?agencycode=sloso . This will lead you to the most appropriate area for your online report (e.g., vandalism, graffiti, etc.)

Healthcare Notes

The Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD) is conducting outreach sessions twice a month at Farmers Market. Hands-only CPR will be demonstrated at each session. This could well be a lifesaving skill, and is very easy to learn.

SLO County  Building & Planning Websites (See additional SLO County codes/documents on the “About/Governing documents” page)

Link to County Code on Residential Vacation Rentals

23.08.165 – Residential Vacation Rentals

Map of Licensed SLO County Vacation Rentals

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