Morro Bay is surrounded by beautiful spaces. Some are state or county parks and some are already part of land conservation actions. MBOSA works with government agencies, land conservancies and other interested groups to help preserve these spaces so future residents and visitors experience the pleasures of nature and open space like we do.
However, some land in and around Morro Bay is subject to development under current land use designations without explicit consideration for open space or low-impact uses. We recognize the owners' property rights in these spaces, but also believe there is a public interest inherent in open space that should be considered. On this page we list a few of the places that are currently subject to development to help the interested public understand what's at stake.
All of the properties listed below are for sale.
Toro Creek flows to the Pacific through a valley that lies between Morro Bay and Cayucos. Over 3,300 acres of the land along the creek and up into the hills is owned by Chevron, a legacy of the years when oil was pumped from central valley fields to tankers in Estero Bay. Most of the Chevron property has been carved into parcels and put on the market, including parcels that are very close to the ocean. In fact, Chevron owns small strips of land on the WEST side of Highway 1.
The Righetti Parcel
Just east of Morro Bay on the north side of Highway 41 is a 251 acre piece of land that is on the market. This parcel lies below the coastal hilltop to the west that forms the boundary of Morro Bay. A few houses along Nutmeg have views of the Righetti parcel, which now holds a barn, house and other small buildings that once served the ranch. This property is no longer the first choice as a potential location for the new Water Reclamation Facility to be built by Morro Bay, but it remains on the comparison list for purposes of the EIR of the South Bay site.
Update July 2017: MBOSA has committed to raise funds to purchase this parcel for permanent preservation as open space. Read more on the Cerrito Peak Preservation Project page.
On the south end of Morro Bay but well within city limits and close to the estuary, Cerrito Peak is a rocky hill covered with eucalyptus and other vegetation, highly visible from both north and south. The view to the left is looking over the rooftop of a house on Main Street. Residences climb Cerrito on all sides, though the very top is in a natural state. But very near the peak, a large lot is for sale that has been the subject of legal and civic disputes and actions for at least 10 years.
Views at the Foot of Toro Creek Road, Christmas Eve 2016
The Toro Creek valley is plush green after the early season rains, which seems to emphasize the beautiful contours of the hills.