Froom Ranch Specific Plan at Planning Commission
Notice of Preparation (NOP) Scoping Meeting
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the Planning Commission will conduct a public scoping meeting including review of the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Preliminary Initial Study for the Froom Ranch Specific Plan (SPEC-0143-2017; 12165 and 12393 Los Osos Valley Road). The public is encouraged to attend and provide input on issues to be discussed and evaluated in the EIR.
The Froom Ranch Specific Plan Area consists of two parcels, totaling approximately 110 acres (APNs 067-241-030 and 067-241-031) within unincorporated San Luis Obispo County, and adjacent to City of San Luis Obispo (City) city limits. The site is located immediately west of Los Osos Valley Road between U.S. Highway 101 and the Irish Hills Plaza.
Figure 1. Site Constraints Map
The proposed project includes a Specific Plan, General Plan Amendment, and related actions that would allow for the development of the Froom Ranch Specific Plan Area (identified as Madonna on LOVR Specific Plan Area 3 in the City Land Use Element), including annexation into the City of San Luis Obispo. The Froom Ranch Specific Plan is envisioned as a primarily residential project with some commercial development in the northeast portion of the site closest to Los Osos Valley Road and the adjacent Irish Hills Plaza. The applicant’s request includes a General Plan Amendment to modify the current language presented in LUE Policy 6.4.7.H to allow for hillside development above the 150-foot elevation within the Irish Hills area. A major component of the planned residential uses is a Life Plan Community (LPC) known as Villaggio. Villaggio would provide a variety of different unit types for independent senior housing as well as access to higher levels of care such as Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing, when needed. Additional residential uses in the northern portion of the site will be multiple-family. As required by the Land Use Element, a minimum of the project site must be designated Open Space; the current Plan designates approximately 51% of the site as Open Space. The Specific Plan also includes a Neighborhood Trailhead Park to connect to the Irish Hills Natural Reserve, which may incorporate on-site historic structures. The treatment and potential use of the historic structures is currently under evaluation by the applicant.
The project environmental Initial Study and Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report are available at the Community Development Department at 919 Palm Street or on the City’s website at: www.solicits.org/government/department-directory/community-development/documents-online/environmental-review-documents/-folder-1911. Comments in response to the Notice of Preparation will be accepted by August 14, 2017 (see contact information below).
The public scoping meeting is an opportunity for City staff to gather information from the public regarding the potential environmental impacts of the project that need to be evaluated in the EIR. It is not intended to be a hearing on the merits of the project. Therefore, members of the public should keep their comments focused on potential significant changes to the environment that may occur as a direct result of project development.
To submit written comments, and for more information on the proposed project, its environmental effects, and City environmental procedures and deadlines, please contact Contract Planner Emily Creel at (805) 543-7095 x6814 or Shawna Scott, Associate Planner/Staff Liaison, at 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401, by phone at (805) 781-7176, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.