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San Luis Obispo County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
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Population Growth

By Gary Allen Nemeth

Candidate for Mayor; City of Paso Robles

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Regarding the issue of increasing the population threshold for Paso Robles in the future to accommodate future development
As Mayor of Paso Robles I need to insure along with the community that we have a plan for careful and managed growth, truly a place we can all live, recreate and work together and have a plan so that all our natural resources are protected. We have a threshold of 44,000 in place and projects on the books, the community will have 12-13 years until the next general plan starts to be worked on, we need to have the infrastructure and natural resources catch up before we start to increase over the 44,000 at this time. Development can get in line; they will need to be patient.

I believe that we must plan for our future today, not wait for tomorrow. The Urban Water Management Plan is based on 2025 and beyond. We cannot dwell on the past, but must not forget our proud history and strong work ethic. I will insist the necessary infrastructure be well thought out and planned. Our current citizens will pay their fair share of development, water and sewer fees, etcetera, but will not have to carry the burden of providing monies for future residents. Housing, employment, educational and recreational opportunities as well as concerns with water, sewer and our natural resources must be considered and planned.

The right development plan for Paso Robles, including housing, is one that considers responsible growth and management of our current and future development plans that may, if not done correctly and attentively, cause negative impact on generations to come.

It is clear that zoning for new residential development is needed. This will offer more to our senior citizens, entry market first-time home buyers, and members of the workforce an opportunity to become homeowners, able to live in the community in which they work and allow their children to attend local schools and participate in recreational opportunities that abound. Having economic and social diversity in Paso Robles will strengthen the local economy through retail sales, through transient occupancy, and employment and property taxes.

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