On October 2, around 70 people gathered in front of a house in northern Cambria to find out more about possible changes in San Luis Obispo County’s camping regulations, a report said.
If the amendments are approved, the changes that are outlined in the draft document could impact their area and the county as a whole.
In the current draft, adding “incidental outdoor stays” would permit permanent or short-term campsites on privately-owned agricultural, residential, and rural properties as small as an acre. This would include properties that offer campsites on the popular website Hipcamp.
The size of the parcel could allow two campsites, according to the proposed plan.
The draft could permit up to 15 campsites for parcels that are 30 acres or more.
The possibility of changes will be a topic for the County Board of Supervisors to consider in their November 16 meeting on discussing its 2022 plan.
North Coast Advisory Committee chairman Brian Glusovich said council members and the general public could be provided with an update on proposed changes to the camping ordinance through Supervisor Bruce Gibson or his aide, Blake Fixler, during the NCAC’s Zoom meeting on October 20.
Some of the changes proposed are, according to critics, cutting down the buffer area between camping sites and homes to 400 feet instead of the current setback of 1,000 feet. They also said this reduces the amount of review of a proposed campsite development to a simple and over-the-counter approbation by the staff. The current procedure permits a minor use permit that requires public announcement and hearings.
Many of the participants at that October 2 meeting in Cambria said they will go to both NCAC’s October 20 meeting and the November 16 supervisors’ meeting in order to express their opposition to the changes in the camping regulations drafted.