Monarch Dunes Specific Plan Amendment

The current Monarch Dunes Specific Plan

Public Hearing Draft of the Monarch Dunes Specific Plan Amendment 

Addendum to 1998 Final Environmental Impact Report and 2001 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

Public Participation

On August 26, 2021, a survey on the proposed Monarch Dunes Specific Plan Amendment was posted for members of the Monarch Dunes community and general public to provide input. The survey results and highlights are provided below.

 

The survey results are not indicative of County staff’s recommendation to the hearing bodies nor whether the proposed amendment will be approved or disapproved. Instead, the survey results serve to inform the County of potential challenges and opportunities presented by the proposed amendment.

 

Responses Expressing Concern or Favor for Proposed Changes

Proposed Changes

Number of responses indicating concern with proposed changes

Number of responses indicating favor for proposed changes

Total number of responses for proposed changes

Proposed Change A:

The designated public park site (Site #4) changing to residential use. This proposed change would allow up to 46 residential dwelling units to be developed on Site #4

236

(56% of responses)

100

(24% of responses)

336

(80% of responses)

Proposed Change B:

The designated resort/hotel area (Site #3) changing to residential use. This proposed change would allow up to 76 residential dwelling units to be developed on Site #3

215

(51% of responses)

102

(24% of responses)

317

(76% of responses)

Proposed Change C:

Allowing up to 40 condominium residential dwelling units above the commercial retail spaces within the “horseshoe area” of the village center (Site #2)

230

(55% of responses)

78

(19% of responses)

308

(74% of responses)

Proposed Change D:

Changing the designated hotel location from the current resort area (Site #3) to the area north of the “horseshoe area” in the village center (Site #1)

225

(54% of responses)

110

(26% of responses)

335

(80% of responses)

Proposed Change E:

Reducing allowable floor area for commercial retail use

74

(18% of responses)

64

(15% of responses)

138

(33% of responses)

 

Survey Highlights

 

  • 419 survey responses were received. (Note: The survey was available for all members of the public to participate in, which may include persons within the Monarch Dunes Village and persons outside of the Monarch Dunes Village. Also, survey responses are not linked to properties or households, as such, multiple members of a property or household may have submitted individual survey responses and survey responses may represent the opinion of one or more persons.)

 

  • Over 50% of responses expressed concern with proposed changes A, B, C, and D.

 

  • Approximately a quarter of responses expressed favor for proposed changes A, B, and D, and nearly one-fifth of responses expressed favor for proposed change C.

 

  • Only one-third of responses expressed concern or favor for proposed change E, while at least 70% of responses expressed concern or favor for all other proposed changes.

 

  • Nearly 10% of responses (39 out of 419 responses) did not express concerns with any of the proposed changes, while 30% (126 out of 419 responses) did not express favor for any of the proposed changes.

 

  • Survey responses showed significant support for the downsizing of the future hotel, as it is more “realistic”, and for more development to “fill in” vacant areas of the community.

 

  • Recurring concerns raised in the survey pertain to:

 

  • impact of proposed amendment on circulation and parking, particularly, speeding on Vista Tesoro Pl. and Mesa Rd. and current lack of on-street parking spaces for guests and the public;

 

  • lack of sufficient amenities; and

 

  • impact of proposed amendment on the “resort living” lifestyle that many are invested in.

 

Public Information Sessions

On June 16, 2022, a second public information session was held to provide an update on the status of the proposed amendment, present proposed changes by the applicant, address initial public comments, and gather public input. A recording of the public information session is available for viewing below. 

 

Public Information Session Recording - June 16, 2022

 

 

 

Project Updates

To receive email updates on the proposed project, please send an email to Cory Hanh (Planner) at [email protected] with the following subject line:

“Monarch Dunes Specific Plan Amendment – Request for Updates”

Project Milestones

Step Progress
Board of Supervisors authorized processing of the application   August 10, 2021 
Public information session  August 25, 2021 
Public information session June 16, 2022
Planning Commission public hearing October 13, 2022
Board of Supervisors public hearing Date TBD

*Schedule subject to change and will be updated regularly.

 

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