Browns/ Minor Use Permit/Coastal Development Permit; C-DRC2023-00047


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Browns/ Minor Use Permit/Coastal Development Permit; C-DRC2023-00047
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A request by Gary and Patricia Browns for a Minor Use Permit / Coastal Development Permit (C-DRC2023-00047) to allow for driveway and access improvements to an existing single-family residence. Improvements include re-grading and replacement of the existing 725 square-foot driveway and approximately 150 square-foot expansion to the driveway which will provide improved access to the existing two-car garage. The project will also allow for the construction of a new retaining wall and exterior steps providing access to the entry of the residence. The applicant requests a modification to fencing and screening standards to allow up to 6-feet in height for the retaining wall within the front setback, per Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance (CZLUO) Section 23.04.190 Fencing and Screening, (b.), (4.) Modification of Fencing and Screening Requirements. The project will result in disturbance of approximately 1,100 square-feet on a 4,462 square-foot parcel. The proposed project is within the Residential Single-Family land use category and is located at 1923 Thomas Avenue in the community of Cambria. The site is in the North Coast Planning Area.

Contact Information

Ana Luvera
Agency Name
County of San Luis Obispo
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Unincorporated Area (Community of Cambria)
San Luis Obispo
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304; Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
The project qualifies for a Categorical Exemption (Class 4) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15304, (Minor Alterations to Land) because the project consists of the demolition, replacement, expansion, and improvement to an existing driveway and retaining wall to improve site access to an existing single-family residence. The project consists of minor private alterations to the land and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees, and grading occurs on slopes less than 10%. The project consists of new landscaping including the replacement of existing conventional landscaping, and filling of earth inro previously excavated land with material compatible with natural features of the site, and minor trenching and backfilling where the surface is restored. The project is not located in an area which may have an impact on an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern which is designated, precisely mapped and officially adopted by a federal, state or local agency. Further, there are no unusual circumstances surrounding the project. There are no unusual circumstances as the project is similar to the existing, principal use of the site. The location of the proposed project is not within any hazardous waste site compiled pursuant to Gov. Code § 65962.5. The proposed project does not involve or does not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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