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The sales tax rate in Grover Beach is 8.75%. The City of Grover Beach receives 2.5% of taxable sales. For each $10 in taxable purchases, the City receives approximately 25 cents.
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Central Coast Blue is a regional recycled water project that will provide a sustainable water supply and will protect the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin (the City of Grover Beach’s largest water supply source) from seawater intrusion. The project will include construction of a new Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) to treat wastewater from the Pismo Beach wastewater treatment plant with state-of-the-art technology to purify the water before injecting it into the groundwater basin. For more information on the water treatment process, please visit https://www.centralcoastblue.com/about.
Central Coast Blue is a collaboration between the cities of Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach. The City Councils for each city approved a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement in 2022 to form the Central Coast Blue Regional Recycled Water Authority (CCBRRWA) to provide for the operation of the project. The CCBRRWA is governed by a three-member Board of Directors, consisting of one representative from each city (currently Mayors Karen Bright of Grover Beach, Caren Ray Russom of Arroyo Grande and Ed Waage of Pismo Beach). To find meeting agendas and other CCBRRWA information, please visit https://www.centralcoastblue.com/governance.
The Central Coast Blue project will intake treated water from Pismo Beach’s wastewater treatment plant and pipe that water to the new AWPF. That water will then be treated to drinking water standards with advanced treatment technologies to prepare it for groundwater recharge. An estimated 900-1,000 Acre Feet (AF) per year of purified water will be injected into the groundwater basin to replenish the supply of water and prevent seawater intrusion into the existing groundwater supply. This will not only protect the groundwater supply the City of Grover Beach currently relies upon, but will also provide an estimated additional 324-360 AF per year of reliable groundwater for the City of Grover Beach, based on the City’s 36% allocation.
Phase 1 of the project proposes to construct the AWPF facility in the City of Grover Beach, as well as eight (8) wells (3 injection wells and 5 monitoring wells). Phase 1 will also include approximately two (2) miles of pipeline, including 1.1 miles of pipeline in Grover Beach. Please see the attached map showing the location of proposed pipelines in Grover Beach. In coordination with Phase 1, the City of Pismo Beach will also construct one new production well in Pismo Beach to replace an existing failing well, which will be fully funded by Pismo Beach.
Phase 2 of the project would include an expansion to the AWPF to purify water from the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD) Wastewater Treatment Plant. Up to three (3) additional injection wells and up to six (6) additional monitoring wells would be constructed in Phase 2 along with interconnecting pipelines. The schedule for Phase 2 of the project has not been established. Phase 1 is a stand-alone, independent project and is not contingent upon Phase 2, which may be considered and constructed should additional water supply from SSLOCSD be needed in the future.
Preliminary Engineering and piloting of this project began in 2016. The project is currently in the permitting process and final design stage. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2024 and be completed in 2026 with the additional water provided by the project available shortly after.
The currently estimated cost of the project, including program costs from March 2022 through completion of construction (design, construction, implementation, and project contingency) is $93 million. It is anticipated that State and Federal grants will be used for 50% of that total cost. The remaining cost is anticipated to be funded with low-interest Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans totaling $47 million. The City of Grover Beach is responsible for 36% of the costs under the Cost Sharing Agreement approved by each City Council. If half of the City’s costs are covered by grant funding, as expected, the City’s share of funding will be $16.7 million, which will be funded with the WIFIA loan to be repaid by water rates. The projected cost does not include the cost of the land for the AWPF in Grover Beach which was purchased previously.
The estimated cost of the project has increased from $49 million to $93 million. The cost increase is primarily due to additional project features that were identified as the design was progressed past the conceptual phase and as a result of recent volatility in the construction market related to inflation, supply chain interruptions, and labor shortages. Cost increases have affected all sectors of the economy and are not unique to the construction market or public infrastructure projects. Due to continuing inflationary factors, project delays may lead to further project cost increases.
As noted above, Phase 1 of the project is estimated to increase the total groundwater basin water supply by approximately 900-1,000 AF per year. Under the Cost Sharing Agreement, the City of Grover Beach will be allocated 36% of that additional water supply, or approximately 324-360 AF per year.
The project will also enhance access to existing groundwater supplies. Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, and Oceano have reduced groundwater pumping to 25% of their entitlements to mitigate the threat of seawater intrusion. The Central Coast Blue injection wells will create a seawater intrusion barrier that will allow current groundwater pumping rates to be increased. The total water supply benefit to Grover Beach from the project is approximately 500 AF per year including new Central Coast Blue water supply and increased access to existing groundwater.
Although there will be some need to replace previously improved residential streets in order to install pipelines, the pipeline routes have been optimized to avoid existing utilities and minimize repairs in streets recently repaved. In total, only two blocks, including intersection crossings, of newly repaved streets will be affected. These streets will be fully restored by the project once pipelines are installed. The Phase 1 pipeline routes are shown on the attached map.
This option was considered in previous studies, however, it was determined that this is not a viable option, as the SSLOCSD facility is in a floodplain and subject to risks associated with climate change and sea level rise. The Coastal Development Permit issued by the Coastal Commission for the facility’s redundancy project is only valid through 2047, and the entire facility will likely be required to relocate when the permit expires. Construction of a recycled water facility at the SSLOCSD would be difficult to permit and locate given site constraints, and subject to the same limited term. Consequently, it is not financially responsible to invest significant funds in a facility that will require relocation in a relatively short period of time.
For more information regarding the CCB project, please visit https://www.centralcoastblue.com/.
On November 4, 2014, voters approved Measure K-14, the Grover Beach Street Rehabilitation Safety Improvement Bond Measure. In approving the measure, the City was authorized to issue up to $48 million in general obligation bonds to fund local street rehabilitation and repair. The Measure K-14 bond payments are semi-annual property tax assessments paid by property owners based on assessed valuation. The Measure K-14 assessment amount is $95 per $100,000 assessed value, which amounts to 0.095% (less than 0.1%) of the assessed value of a property.
The water and wastewater rates are different from the Measure K-14 street repair bond payments. The water and wastewater rates are bi-monthly charges for service that can vary each billing cycle based on usage and can be paid either by a property owner or a tenant who has a utility account. The water rates are also based on a tiered system where higher water users pay a higher unit cost. The City is committed to finding ways to minimize future rate increases through working with partner agencies to secure additional grant funding.
Over 30 possible sites in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano were identified as possibilities for a treatment facility. The site in Grover Beach was selected for several reasons. Firstly, the treated wastewater effluent from Pismo Beach runs in a pipe along the Highway, so locating the facility nearby minimizes costs for piping and pumping. Secondly, this vacant industrial property in Grover Beach was available for purchase at a relatively low price compared to other properties. Thirdly, this property is close to the proposed injection wells in Grover Beach and Oceano, which are located in this area to create a seawater intrusion barrier to protect the groundwater basin. This proximity minimized costs by requiring less piping than locations further out. Lastly, if Phase 2 of the project is constructed involving wastewater from the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District, this location is more suitable for these potential future flows.
Land purchased for this project will be owned by the Central Coast Blue Joint Powers Authority. Ownership of the Huber Street property originally purchased by the City of Pismo Beach has been transferred to the Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which will operate the Advanced Water Purification Facility and will be owned by the JPA in perpetuity. The City of Grover Beach is a partner in the JPA. The Calvin Court parcel purchased by the City of Grover Beach will also be owned by the JPA in perpetuity.
None of the grants obtained for the Central Coast Blue project imposed conditions necessitating the placement of the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) within a particular economic condition of a community.
The project team has been coordinating with Coastal Commission staff since October 2022 and a request for a consolidated Coastal Development Permit (CDP) was approved by the City and County in early 2023. It is anticipated that the CDP will be issued by the Coastal Commission by late spring of 2024. The CDP is anticipated to cover both Phase I and Phase II of the project though only Phase I will be constructed at this time.
Central Coast Blue offers multiple benefits that alternative water supplies can’t provide, including drought resiliency, local control, and protection of the existing groundwater basin, as illustrated in the figure below.
Phase 1 of the project has been planned to meet the immediate water supply and groundwater protection needs of Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande. The Oceano Community Services District chose not to participate in Phase I of the Central Coast Blue project. Phase 2 of the project could be constructed if the partner agencies, or other regional stakeholders identify the need for additional water supply and contribute to the capital and operating cost of a larger facility.
Phase II of the project would include an expansion to the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) to purify water from the SSLOCSD Wastewater Treatment Plant. Up to three additional injection wells and up to six additional monitoring wells would be constructed in Phase 2, along with interconnecting pipelines. The planning level construction cost estimate for Phase II is approximately $53 million. This estimate does not include implementation costs such as design, construction management, program management, environmental compliance, legal services, property acquisition, or contingency.
Central Coast Blue provides a water supply benefit in excess of the volume of purified water injected into the groundwater basin each year. Updated modeling has shown that if 900 acre-feet per year (AFY) of purified water is injected into the groundwater basin as part of Phase I, 1,420 AFY of groundwater can be extracted over and above current pumping rates. The injection wells create a seawater intrusion barrier that will allow the partner agencies to increase pumping rates without inducing seawater intrusion. The cost of the water would be approximately $7,200/acre-foot assuming 900 AFY, or approximately $4,600/acre-foot assuming 1,420 AFY based on the estimated construction cost of Phase I of the project.
City Council elections are held in November of even-numbered years, and the nomination period for candidates typically begins in mid-July. To be eligible for a seat on the City Council, as a City Council Member, a candidate must live in the district that the Council Seat is up for that term, be at least 18 years of age, and a registered voter of the City of Grover Beach. For the seat of Mayor, a candidate must live in the Grover Beach city limits, be at least 18 years of age, and a registered voter of the city. Please contact the City Clerk to schedule an appointment during regular business hours to discuss the required nomination papers and candidate forms:
Please contact the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office at (805) 781-5080 or go to: County Clerk-Recorders Office
Please contact the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court: (805) 706-3600 or go to San Luis Obispo County Superior Court
Please see individual listings for California State Assembly Member (35th District) and California State Senator (17th District) under the following link:
State Assembly Member Dawn Addis, 30th District
Sentator John Laird, 17th District
To report a possible violation of the Grover Beach Municipal Code, please submit a Code Enforcement Complaint Form. For more information, please visit our web page: Code Compliance
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Applications for Short-Term Rental (STR) Permits for legal dwellings are accepted for review and processing, on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be submitted online. Applications will not be accepted at City Hall or via U.S. Mail. The required submission information and the permit process will differ depending if you will be operating an "owner-occupied" or "non-owner occupied" short-term rental. Prior to submitting for a STR permit, please review our Administrative Rules.
Visit the Short Term Rentals page for more information.
To report a possible violation of the Grover Beach Municipal Code, please submit a Code Enforcement Complaint Form to Eric "Rik" Strickland, Code Compliance Officer. For more information, please visit our web page: Code Compliance
The Grover Beach Community Services Program now offers online registrations for classes, special events, and facility reservations and will accept credit card payments. The City is partnering with ActiveNet to provide you the service to register from the convenience of your home computer.
Under a district-based election system, the City would be divided into five equally populated districts. A candidate must reside within an election district and is elected only by voters residing within that same election district.
Currently, the City Council consists of five Council Members who are elected at-large. This means any eligible voter who lives in the City can run for office, and every voter may vote for all five of the City Council Member seats, regardless of where they live in the City. Once elected, the five City Council Members pick one Council Member to serve as mayor for one year, after which the City Council picks a different Council Member to serve as mayor for another one-year term. Council Members serve four-year terms of office.
Districting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a Council Member. The City Council will seek input in selecting the first district-based election map. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community either during the public hearings or by submitting comments to email@example.com.
1. Federal Laws
Equal Population (based on total population of residents as determined by the most recent federal decennial census and adjusted by the State to reassign incarcerated persons to the last known place of residence)
Federal Voting Rights Act
No Racial Gerrymandering
2. California Criteria for Cities (to the extent practicable and in the following order of priority)
Geographically contiguous (areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous. Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or ferry service are not contiguous.
Undivided neighborhoods and “communities of interest” (Socio-economic geographic areas that should be kept together for purposes of its effective and fair representation)
Easily identifiable boundaries
Compact (Do not bypass one group of people to get to a more distant group of people)
“Shall not favor or discriminate against a political party.”
3. Other Traditional Districting Principles
Respect voters’ choices / continuity in office
Future population growth
A community of interest is a “contiguous population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.”
Below are useful excerpts from the Local Government Redistricting Toolkit by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (2020)
Communities of interest are the overlapping sets of neighborhoods, networks, and groups that share interests, views, cultures, histories, languages, and values and whose boundaries can be identified on a map.
The following elements help define communities of interest:
shared interests in schools, housing, community safety, transit, health conditions, land use, environmental conditions, and/or other issues;
common social and civic networks, including churches, mosques, temples, homeowner associations, and community centers, and shared use of community spaces, like parks and shopping centers;
racial and ethnic compositions, cultural identities, and households that predominantly speak a language other than English;
similar socio-economic status, including but not limited to income, home-ownership, and education levels;
shared political boundary lines from other jurisdictions, such as school districts, community college districts, and water districts.
Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!
Submit written testimony about your community, the districting process, or a specific map to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map.
At the hearings and workshops, we want you to:
Common acronyms demographic categories:
VAP: Voting age population
CVAP: Citizen Voting Age Population
CVRA: California Voting Rights Act
FAIR MAPS Act: Fair And Inclusive Redistricting for Municipalities and Political Subdivisions
NDC: National Demographics Corporation (the firm hired to produce the maps and provide demographic data)
No, you do not need to submit a fully completed map. You can draw boundaries for only your neighborhood or only a portion of the city. It is helpful if you submit written commentary with your map describing why the particular neighborhood or area should be kept together in a single district.
Yes, you may submit more than one map. Please draw as many maps as you like. We suggest you submit only your top 2-3 preferred maps to assist the City Council in focusing on the map that best represents your community; however, there is no limit.
After you submit your map to email@example.com, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Maps will be posted on the City’s website and can be viewed on the Interactive Review Map.
Once submitted, maps are considered public records.
Online publications and guides to districting/redistricting:
The discharge period for “Safe and Sane” fireworks in Grover Beach is from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on July 4th only. Residents can report firework violation to the Grover Beach Police Department non-emergency dispatch number (805) 473-4511.
The City will remove graffiti from walls or surfaces that are publicly visible on either private property or public property if the property owner is enrolled in the City of Grover Beach Graffiti Abatement Program. View details on how to use the City's Graffiti Removal Program on the following page:
Please submit a Public Works Service Request form to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Public Works at (805) 473-4530 to report a problem.
The City has a residential street paving program funded by Measure K-14 taxes. Please visit the Measure K-14 Residential Paving Program Page for more information about upcoming projects and which streets are in each project.
The City has a Sidewalk In-Fill Public-Private Partnership program in conjunction with Measure K-14 projects where property owners agree to pay for one-half of the construction cost of new sidewalk fronting their property. The City pays for the design and one-half the construction cost of the new sidewalk. Funding for this program is limited and funds are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis during Measure the K-14 project design phase. Please see the Sidewalk In-Fill Public-Private Partnership Program page for more information. Property owners looking to construct new sidewalk without participating in the Public-Private Partnership program can submit an encroachment permit application and hire the necessary professionals to design and construct the new sidewalk.
Please contact the Public Works Department to report a needed street repair by either calling the Department at (805) 473-4530, sending the Department an email at email@example.com, or completing a Public Works Service Request form.
The Public Works Department maintains City-planted trees in improved Rights-of-Way along certain streets. All trees in un-improved Rights-of-Way are not maintained by Public Works and are the property owner’s responsibility to maintain. Trees located on private property are maintained by the property owner. No trimming or maintenance of a City-maintained tree can take place without prior written consent from the Director of Public Works. For more information about whether a tree is City-maintained or not, please visit the Street Tree page.
There are many ways that residents, home owner,s and business owners can conserve water. The City has several programs that provide a financial incentive for those looking to conserve. Please see the Water Conservation Programs page for more information about water conservation.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining their sewer lateral from the City-owned mainline in the street to their building. Please see the Wastewater System page for more information about the wastewater system.
Please contact the Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 473-4530 for existing utility information. Please see the Utility Operations page for more information.
Before you perform any construction or maintenance work in the public right of way, you must have a valid encroachment permit issued by the Public Works Department. Please visit the Encroachment Permit section of the City of Grover Beach website for further information. Please note, this application is not complete until all required attachments are received.
Code Violations are handled by Code Compliance . To report a possible violation of the Grover Beach Municipal Code, please submit a Code Enforcement Complaint Form. For more information, please see: Code Compliance
We no longer provide empty sandbags and sand at the sandbag fill station in advance of major storm events. You can submit a Public Works Service Request form at this link.