Bianchi, Conditional Use Permit (ED23-28) N-DRC2021-00012


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Bianchi, Conditional Use Permit (ED23-28) N-DRC2021-00012
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Document Description
A hearing to consider a request by Beau Bianchi (Bianchi Winery) for a Conditional Use Permit (N-DRC2021-00012) to allow phased expansion and remodel of the 14,023-square foot winery facility and a 2,123-square-foot tasting room that will include at buildout: a 445-square-foot distillery and 295 square-foot second tasting room for distilled spirit tasting within the existing winery building, as well as a 1,647-square-foot limited food serving facility (restaurant) located within the existing hospitality building, consisting of a 426 square-foot kitchen, and an existing 63 square-foot storage area, a 384-square-foot indoor seating area and a 774-square-foot outdoor seating area. The project includes the construction of a new 2,800-square-foot eight-modular unit Bed & Breakfast Inn with 832-square-feet of individual decks plus a 900-square-foot Innkeeper Unit with a 322-square-foot deck. Finally, the construction of a 9,280 square-foot winery production building previously approved under DRC2005-00180 (that was never built) for future storage. The applicant is a modification to the Section 22.30.070.D.2.h.(3) standard that limits a winery to one tasting room to allow for second tasting room for distilled spirits, a modification to Section 22.30.070.D.2.d.1 standard to allow a 200-foot tasting room setback from each property line to allow a setback of 164 feet from the western property line, a modification to Section 22.30.570.E standard that limits a restaurant to utilize 800-square-feet to allow a 1,647-squarefoot restaurant, a modification to section 22.30.260.A.1.a. that requires Bed and Breakfast Inn buildings to be within 100 feet of an existing visitor use to allow 377 feet, a modification that requires bed and breakfast buildings to be established in one single structure to allow 9 detached, modular structures. County Code, Section 22.30.020.D allows standards to be modified through a Conditional Use Permit if it can be proven to be unnecessary and the project meets all other development standards. The project will result in approximately 0.83 acres of site disturbance on a 42.17-acre parcel, including 850 cubic yards of cut and 300 cubic yards of fill. The proposed project located is within the Agriculture land use category, located at 3380 Branch Road, approximately 0.5 miles south of Highway 46 and approximately 2.3 miles from the city limits of Paso Robles. The project site is in the El Pomar-Estrella Sub Area of the North County planning Area.

Contact Information

Holly Phipps
Agency Name
San Luis Obispo County
Job Title
Supervising Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Luis Obispo
Southern California
Cross Streets
Branch Road and Cabernet Place
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Commercial (Sq. Ft. 16123, Acres 0.37, Employees 9)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Mandatory Findings of Significance
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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