Franklin Temporary Events / Conditional Use Permit; N-DRC2023-00014 ED24-008


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Franklin Temporary Events / Conditional Use Permit; N-DRC2023-00014 ED24-008
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Hearing to consider a request by Jack and Deborah Franklin for a Conditional Use Permit to allow 30 outdoor temporary events (including non-profits) per year a with 200 maximum attendees. Outdoor amplified sound/music is proposed from 11 am to 10 pm. The project will utilize and improve an existing agriculture road for primary access resulting in approximately .83 acres of total site disturbance on a 106-acre site. The project includes a request to waive secondary access as required by Title 22.30.610.D.1. The proposed project is within the Agriculture land use category and is located at 775 San Marcos Road, approximately 3 miles northwest of the City of Paso Robles. The site is in the Salinas River Sub Area South of the North County Planning Area and within Supervisorial District 1.

Contact Information

Eric Tolle
Agency Name
County of San Luis Obispo
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Paso Robles
San Luis Obispo
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15061 (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The access roads will require improvements in accordance with County Public Improvement/CalFire Standards that will result in minor site disturbance to upgrade existing driveways. The applicant is required to comply with the California Fire Code, the Public Resources Code and any other applicable fire laws. No mitigation measures beyond ordinances are necessary to address the environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. This project is located in a potential San Joaquin kit fox habitat. The applicant completed a Kit Fox Evaluation (August 24, 2023) to supplement this project’s land use application. The Kit Fox Evaluation was referred to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) which analyzed and assessed the habitat evaluation and assigned it as requiring no compensatory mitigation. CDFW concurred that the findings in the Evaluation will have a less-than-significant impact to the San Joaquin kit fox habitat. The applicant is proposing outdoor amplified sound and music until 10:00 PM as part of their application. A site-specific acoustical analysis was completed for the project in March 2023 to evaluate the impact of the proposed outdoor amplified sound and music and to propose potential mitigations if noise thresholds exceeded Title 22 Noise Ordinance standards. The proposed amplified music and sound will not result in an expansion of use because the acoustical analysis concluded that amplified noise is not anticipated to exceed thresholds and does not require mitigation beyond ordinance standards. Portable restrooms are proposed to be utilized for each event and the use of onsite permanent facilities is not permitted. All drinking water and other potable water will be supplied by off-site caterers and outside vendors. No water from the existing onsite wells is proposed or permitted. Water demand is not expanded because the applicant is proposing to bring all required water and sanitation facilities. The project site is located within the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Since the project does not rely on any on-site resources related to water and sanitation, the overall project does not result in an increased demand or expansion of use.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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