Sunset Apartments


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Atwater
Document Title
Sunset Apartments
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
General Plan Designation The Project site has a City of Atwater General Plan (General Plan) land use designation of VLDR – Very Low Density Zoning The Project site is in the R-E – Residential Estate zoning district. Zone Change (RZ) 23-19-0100 would change the zoning from R-E to R-3-1.5 – High Density Residential
Document Description
Apex Investment Group, LLC (Applicant) requests General Plan Amendment (GPA 23-19-0200), Zone Change (RZ 23-19-0200), Tentative Parcel Map (TPM 23-19-0300), Variance (VAR 23-19-0400), and Site Plan Review (SPR 23-19-0500) pertaining to a 1.13-acre parcel that is located on the northwest corner of Sunset Drive and Everett Drive at 7212 Sunset Dr, Atwater, CA 95301 (APN: 056-540-004-000). General Plan Amendment (GPA) 23-19-0200 would change the land use designation from VLDR to HDR – High Density Residential. According to the General Plan, the HDR land use designation “is intended to provide for multi-family units such as apartments, and/or condominiums in structures up to four stories in height.” The permitted density range is 15.1 to 35 units per acre. Zone Change (RZ) 23-19-0100 would change the zoning from R-E to R-3-1.5 – High Density Residential. According to Chapter 17.24 of the Atwater Municipal Code (AMC), the purpose of the R-3 zoning district is to “provide for high residential density per acre, while protecting the value and charm of the existing residential areas, and to promote health, safety, comfort, convenience, and the general welfare.” Permitted uses include single-family dwellings, duplex, multi-family structures, supportive housing, transitional housing, and accessory uses customarily appurtenant to single-family residence (i.e., garage, parking, private swimming pools, sheds, home occupation). The proposed R-3-1.5 zoning district is consistent with the proposed HDR land use designation. Tentative Parcel Map (TPM) 23-19-0300 would split the 1.13-acre parcel into three (3) parcels, including Parcel 1, 15,464 square feet (sf.), Parcel 2, 15,837 sf., and Parcel 3, 18,133 sf. Variance (VAR) 23-19-0400 would allow a reduction of the rear yard setback from 15 feet to 10 feet. Site Plan Review (SPR) 23-19-0500 would facilitate the development of a 2-story apartment structure on each parcel. Development would include paved drive aisles, 38 parking stalls, sidewalks, trash enclosures, landscaping, lighting, and underground utilities. Two (2) bioretention areas are proposed for stormwater collection as well as recreation purposes.

Contact Information

Greg Thompson
Agency Name
City of Atwater
Job Title
Interim City Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Sunset Drive and Everett Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 99
BNSF & Union Pacific
Merced Castle Airport
Buhach Colony High Scholl and Bellevue Elementary School
Livingston Canal
Mt. Diab

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (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 Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 11, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Residential (Units 25, Acres 1.13)
Local Actions
General Plan Update, Site Plan, Rezone, Land Division (Subdivision, etc.)
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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