Cool Development Plan/Coastal Development Permit

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Cool Development Plan/Coastal Development Permit
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
A request by COOL PROPERTIES, LLC for a Development Plan/Coastal Development Permit (DRC2020-00152) to allow for the phased development of two residences, one guesthouse, and an agricultural barn. Phase 1 consists of the demolition of an existing collapsed barn, construction of an agricultural barn (4,000 sf) with one residence located in the upper story, a new asphalt driveway, two 5,000- gallon water tanks, and septic system (project; Figures 1-3). The agricultural barn would be located near and oriented parallel to Avila Beach Drive on the less step portion of the site. Phase 1 would also include site improvements, including the extension of utility lines to the site, installation of two 5,000-gallon water tanks, installation of a septic tank and leach field, and grading for the proposed driveway and building pads for the lower and upper residences. The project proposes supporting infrastructure including water mains, waterlines, sewer lines, and electric lines within the proposed asphalt driveway. The asphalt driveway would be improved as part of the project and would connect to an existing shared driveway from Avila Beach Drive. This project includes the creation of two building envelopes ranging from 12,500 sf to 21,000 sf. Phase 1 is expected to result in 1.61 acres of site disturbance and 6,500 sf of impervious surface area. Phase 2 consists of the construction of two new single-family residences (between 2,500-4,500 sf) and, prior to occupancy of the third residence, the residential unit in the agricultural barn would be converted to a guesthouse. The lower residence would be located immediately southwest of the Phase 1 agricultural barn. Phase 2 is expected to result in 33,500 square feet (0.77 acre) of site disturbance, within the disturbed footprint of Phase 1, and 14,900 sf of impervious surface area. Water for the project would be supplied by an existing shared well and wastewater would be disposed onsite in a private septic system. In addition, the project proposes to implement landscape screening along the portion of Avila Beach Drive to help screen the proposed barn. The project includes the removal of two eucalyptus trees onsite and impacts to one oak tree; the project proposes to replant 4 oak trees to mitigate for the impacted oak tree. The project includes a coastal public trail easement and a request to modify the front yard setback standard for an agriculture accessory structure. The applicant is also requesting a Variance to allow grading on slopes greater than 30%. The project requires approval of a Development Plan due to the request for a Variance of the grading standards identified in section 23.01.045 of the CZLUO, limiting grading to slopes less than 30%. A Coastal Development Permit is required due to the project’s location in the Coastal Zone. The project would result in approximately 1.61 acres of total site disturbance including 6,700 cubic yards (cy) of cut and 2,500 cy of fill (total of 9,200 cy of earthwork with 4,200 cy of export) on a 54.95-acre parcel. The project is located in the Rural Lands land use category, on the south side of Avila Beach Drive at the intersection with Ontario Road (across from the Avila Valley Barn), east of the community of Avila Beach, in the San Luis Bay Coastal Planning Area and the Coastal Zone.

Contact Information

Eric Hughes
Agency Name
County of San Luis Obispo Planning and Building Department
Job Title
Principal Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Luis Obispo
Cross Streets
Avila Beach Drive, Ontario Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
U.S. 101

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
County of San Luis Obispo
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo
Final Environmental Document Available at
County of San Luis Obispo Planning and Building 976 Osos Street, Room 300 San Luis Obispo, California 93408


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]

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