The San Luis Obispo County Planning Department has received an application for the Dana Reserve Specific Plan, located west of Highway 101 and south of Willow Road in the Nipomo area. The applicant is requesting approval of a Specific Plan that includes open space, trails, parks, residential neighborhoods, flex commercial and village commercial areas, a daycare center and a satellite community college.
Planning Commission Hearing held on October 23 and 24, 2023
The Planning Commission held a two-day public hearing on October 23 and 24, 2023 to review the proposed Dana Reserve Specific Plan and associated FEIR. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Commission voted to make the following recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission recommends the Board of Supervisors:
1. Direct staff to make the edits/clarifications outlined in Memo Re: Clarifications to Project Documents;
2. Direct staff to make the edits/clarifications to the applicable documents outlined in the Planning Commission’s Recommendations per Number 7 below.
3. Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopt Environmental Findings, a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and a Statement of Overriding Considerations pursuant to the applicable provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq., based on the Environmental Findings in Exhibit A of the staff report for the Planning Commission hearing on August 30-31, 2023, and proposed revisions per Attachment 4 of that report;
4. Adopt General Plan and Ordinance Amendment LRP2020-00007;
5. Adopt the Dana Reserve Specific Plan; and
6. Approve the Vesting Tentative Tract Map (TR 3159) and Conditional Use Permit (SUB2020-00047) based on the findings in Exhibit C and conditions in Exhibit D of the staff report for the Planning Commission hearing on August 30-31, 2023, and proposed revisions per Attachment 4 of that report.
7. Incorporate the following recommendations:
a. Planning staff present Board with pros and cons of age restricting NBDs 7, 8, and 9; with Planning Commission recommendation to remove the age restriction requirement.
b. Explore the option of creating a local hiring preference to be incorporated into the Development Agreement or other applicable document.
c. Recommend allocation of Quimby fees to be used for the Nipomo Community Center.
d. Promote increased bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between the Dana Reserve Specific Plan and adjacent schools.
e. Incorporate equity sharing for continued funding of the down-payment assistance program.
f. Staff and the Applicant to meet with community groups (including the Nipomo Action Committee, Nipomo Botanical Garden, and SCAC) to review and consider a community proposed alternative plan, prior to the Board of Supervisors hearing. Staff’s and the Applicant’s evaluation of the community proposed alternative plan will be described in the Board of Supervisors staff report.
g. Provide an inventory of existing open space, Williamson Act, oak woodlands, etc. in the unincorporated County.
h. Allowing residential use by-right in commercial zones.
i. Allowing 52 additional deed-restricted affordable rental units and 100 attached accessory dwelling units.
j. Allow Applicant proposed changes to the pocket parks to incorporate native gardens.
Final Environmental Impact Report
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is posted at the link below. Hard copies of the FEIR are available for public review at the Nipomo Library, and the County Planning and Building Department in the Old Courthouse at 976 Osos Street, San Luis Obispo.
Link to Final EIR
Dana Reserve Specific Plan
The Dana Reserve Specific Plan (DRSP) would implement the County General Plan’s goals and policies for future development and land uses on the 288-acre Dana Reserve parcel. The proposed 2023 DRSP includes land use and development standards for residential, commercial, recreation, and open space uses; policies for circulation improvements and provision of utilities and services; and a phasing/implementation plan that describes the public facility financing mechanisms available for the ongoing maintenance of public and private improvements required for the DRSP.
The 2023 DRSP incorporates staff’s recommended project changes based on public comments and the environmental analysis in the FEIR.
2023 Dana Reserve Specific Plan