The SLO County Board of Supervisors today (Tuesday February 24th, 2015) unanimously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 4.5-mile extension of the Bob Jones Trail from the Octagon Barn to the Ontario Road staging area and approved the recommended trail route.
Today’s action was a big step toward construction of this stretch of the trail. Next steps include Caltrans’ completion of the project’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment, which will be revised to reflect the final trail route. The NEPA assessment must be completed before the county can begin negotiating with property owners for easements. Funding also must be secured. Lots of work ahead, but we’re moving forward!
We had a great turnout at the Board of Supervisors. Thank you everyone for your support.
Additional thanks to Chair Arnold and Supervisors Hill, Compton, Mecham and Gibson for their unanimous approval of the Bob Jones Trail plan today.
Thank you also to staff for the work leading to today’s unanimous approval and to all who support the trail in various ways. Public trails, such as the Bob Jones, offer opportunities for connection, as we were pleased to feel today.
Meanwhile, we can think about funding opportunities and how to build and maintain the trail as a place we can all enjoy. We look forward to connecting with you further along the path and welcome your ideas on fundraising. We will share the craziest and most practical ideas we receive (or just one check for $10 million would probably do it…)
Ideas? Want to get more involved? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org