Drought conditions slowed an accelerated pace of development in obviously water limited coastal communities. Paso Robles was another story.
In 1989 Paso Robles set a record for new home construction in the county. In a March 1, 1990 article the town was described as “Water rich…” in an article on a county wide building boom.
Reporter Ryan McCarthy wrote: “Paso Robles issued 25 percent more permits for single-family homes in 1989 than the year before, which was a boom year in its own right.”
On Sunday the Tribune begins a five-part series on the issues facing those who rely on the North County’s primary source of water.
The problems faced there may be instructive for nearby regions.