slo airportAirline industry’s focus on major routes challenges SLO airport’s growth plan– Faced with loss of some air service in recent years, an airline industry in flux and about 60 percent of travelers flying out of Los Angeles or the Bay Area, attracting new airlines and adding routes to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is an ongoing challenge with no easy fix.

“There’s no one factor,” said Kevin Bumen, general manager of the airport. “And this isn’t something that’s unique to San Luis Obispo.”

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San Luis ObispoNew SLO Councilman Dan Rivoire casts swing vote in crucial airport vote – Council overrules commission to allow for development near the airport The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to override a ruling by the Airport Land Use Commission, which allows the city to move forward with long-range plans for large residential developments at the city’s southern edge.

New Councilman Dan Rivoire, who was sworn in Dec. 1, decided the city’s path forward by providing the swing vote needed to pass the override.

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San Luis ObispoReferendum may derail SLO City Council vote to override airport commission Kevin P. Rice is organizing a campaign against the City Council’s possible override of the safety plan for development around the airport

Kevin P. Rice, a San Luis Obispo resident and frequent City Council critic, is mounting a campaign against an expected council vote to override the Airport Land Use Commission’s safety plan, which limits the city’s future growth.

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The city of San Luis Obispo and the commission that drafts the safety plans for the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport are going to head-to-head over future development in the city.

The City Council this week took the first step to overrule the Airport Land Use Commission’s decision that the city’s update of its general plan, or its blueprint for growth, is inconsistent with the airport’s safety plan.

That plan, in place for more than 40 years, determines what type of development can occur around the airport, taking into account both safety and noise impacts and to protect the airport from development that would hinder its future operations.

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San Luis ObispoPlan for new terminal at SLO airport moves forward – San Luis Obispo County supervisors Tuesday authorized completing the design of a new terminal at the regional airport in San Luis Obispo even as the county’s airport services department faces an uncertain budget over the next five years

Supervisors held a wide-ranging discussion of the future of the airport, including its passenger terminal, which was described as functional but too small. Business leaders in San Luis Obispo are urging the county to expand services at the airport to attract and maintain businesses to the area.

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San Luis ObispoAirport safety zone plan conflicts with San Luis Obispo’s growth plans – The plan could significantly limit the potential of land the city has long seen as critical to future growth. A plan that could expand the safety zones at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is raising concerns about the possible limitations it could force on development. The plan could significantly limit the potential of land the city has long seen as critical to future growth.

As the city began updating its own land-use plan, a key blueprint for development, it became increasingly worried that the safety boundaries were not clearly mapped or defined, said Kim Murry, deputy director of long-range planning.

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San Luis ObispoCounty airport could be getting a face lift – FAA has found that the existing terminal violates its standards and is “anxious” for a new terminal to be built

A skittish Board of Supervisors moved its county airport restructuring proposal forward slightly last week, but board members said they want
reassurances that the investment will bring a measurable return.

“I’d like to see more information on whether and how expenditures improve service,” Supervisor Adam Hill told Richard Howell, manager of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

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