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Notice of Availability - Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the San Luis Ranch Project

Post Date:06/22/2018 3:30 PM


Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the

San Luis Ranch Project

Project # SPEC/ANNX/ER 1502-2015

State Clearinghouse # 2015101083

Project Location

The 131-acre San Luis Ranch project site is located in unincorporated San Luis Obispo County, surrounded by the City of San Luis Obispo, and within the City’s Sphere of Influence. The project site is bounded by residential uses and Madonna Road to the west, commercial uses and Dalidio Drive to the north, U.S. Highway 101 to the east, and the San Luis Obispo City Farm to the south. Prefumo Creek is located south of the site. The site is identified by assessor’s parcel number (APN) 067-121-022.


Project Description

The San Luis Ranch Project consists of a Specific Plan, General Plan Amendment/Pre-Zoning, and Development Plan/Tentative Tract Map for the 131-acre project site, including annexation of the site into the City of San Luis Obispo. It also addresses a Development Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding, which provides a mechanism for project implementation. The project includes construction of up to 580 residential units, 150,000 square feet of commercial development, 100,000 square feet of office development, and a 200-room hotel, with a portion of the site preserved for agriculture and open space uses.  The Final EIR was certified and the project was approved by the City of San Luis Obispo on July 18, 2017. 

The project applicant now proposes to adjust the phasing plan description such that each of the project phases could overlap, be out of sequence, or be concurrent, depending on market conditions and to adjust project conditions and/or mitigation measures to implement the adjusted phasing plan.  In addition, the Community Development Director may authorize the developer, in any given year, to construct 50% more of the units allocated to the project in the following year if the Director determines that doing so is necessary to facilitate construction of beneficial public facilities and infrastructure.  The purpose of this authorization is to realize the public benefits associated with the Project, mitigate known potential impacts resulting from the Project, and implement development requirements, including infrastructure requirements, which the City has found to be consistent with the requirements of the City’s Growth Management Ordinance. Under no circumstances though can the number of units constructed exceed the City’s Growth Management Ordinance.

These changes would be reflected in the Specific Plan and Development Agreement.  No other approved entitlements would be affected.  The proposed revision envisions no change to the land use plan or development potential compared to what was approved by the City on July 18, 2017. However, the modified development phasing time frame was determined to result in potential changes to the analysis of several environmental issues, so a Supplemental EIR pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15163 is prepared to address these possible effects.


Identified Potential Environmental Impacts:

  • Air Quality 
  • Green Gas Emissions
  • Land Use/Policy Consistency
  • Transportation


Public Hearing

Special Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:00 P.M., City Council Chamber, City Hall, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, California. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider various actions related to the previously-approved San Luis Ranch project, including a Specific Plan Amendment and an associated Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR).  This meeting is also to consider a Development Agreement to implement the project as amended based on a previously-approved Term Sheet. Recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council for their consideration. Additional information can also be found on the project web page: Staff Contacts: Tyler Corey, or (805)781-7169; John Rickenbach, Project Manager, or (805)610-1109.


Available Copies

The Final Supplemental EIR is available for review online at:

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