Once again a large portion of the Templeton Area Advisory Group (TAAG) monthly meeting revolved around cannabis outcroppings in the township.

Citizens stepped forward to discuss the proposed Gardner/McAllister project at 6480 A York Mountain Road. Those who commented vehemently opposed the development for a variety of reasons that included the skunk-like smell produced by the plants and the destruction of a “designated scenic view” with tall fences and security lighting. All in all, those protesting stated that the project is not compatible with the neighborhood.

After an hour of deliberation and discussion, the council voted to 4 to 0 with Dr. Bruce Jones abstaining on the motion to reverse the previous action of recommending the Gardner/McAllister project to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

Audrey Weichert from the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District gave a presentation about the organization’s efforts to protect and inform the public about the Toad Creek Watershed. The nonprofit, located at 65 S Main St #107, Templeton, provides services and education to landowners supporting their management and stewardship of soil, water and natural resources, according to their website.

RCD created the Toad Creek Watershed Stewards Certification Program that encourages business and landowners to take a self-evaluation survey on water conservation and stormwater mitigation on their properties. The program awards good stewards with a yard sign featuring the program’s logo, recognition on RCD’s website as well as receiving educational materials to help spread the word. For more information, visit us-ltrcd.org to take the survey.

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