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Alternative Review Program (ARP)

The CSLRCD in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo offers an alternative, low cost grading review processes for eligible agricultural projects within the District. If you are outside the CSLRCD District, contact the Upper Salinas - Las Tablas Resource Conservation District.

Cultivation is NOT considered grading and is not required to go through any RCD or County grading process.

Eligible projects* for the ARP include:

  • Hillside benches on slopes over 30%
  • Rangeland management projects on slopes over 30%
  • Agricultural roads
  • Drainage improvements
  • Ponds, reservoirs and dams
  • Streambank protection measures
  • Conservation, restoration, and enhancement projects
  • Trail and recreation enhancements
  • Waste management systems
  • Importation or exportation of more than 2,000 cubic yards of material

*Projects in the Coastal Zone are not eligible for ARP at this time. The Coastal Commission is currently reviewing the process for inclusion in the County's Coastal Land Use Ordinance.

For a basic understanding of the ARP, start by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions factsheet.

To determine your eligibility review the Guide to Agricultural Grading. If your project is eligible, review the Steps in the Alternative Review Process and contact us for more information on how to get started.

All projects must be in compliance with the County Grading Ordinance and NRCS Conservation Practices to be eligible.

The Alternative Review Program does not include project design. It is intended that Program Cooperators complete design in advance of contacting the CSLRCD, especially for large or complex projects. In some cases for smaller projects, Program Cooperators can work with the CSLRCD through the Technical Assistance service to complete designs. This decision will be made by the CSLRCD on a case-by-case basis.  The following List of Design Engineers provides contact information for civil engineers with qualifications to make the ARP smoother.

Alternative Review Program: Policy on Approval of Permits for Agricultural Ponds

Click here for the policy.