Saunders DRC2019-00252


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Saunders DRC2019-00252
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A request by James and Debra Saunders for a Conditional Use Permit to (DRC2019-00252) to construct 36 multi-family residential units on a two-acre site APN: 021-371-002 and APN: 021-371-003. The project would consist of seven one-story buildings, onsite parking, and landscaping. The project will result in ground disturbance of the entire two parcels. The project is within the Recreation land use category and located at 777 Monterey Road, in the community of San Miguel. The site is in the Salinas River Sub-Area of the North County Planning Area.

Contact Information

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


Unincorporated Area (Community of San Miguel)
San Luis Obispo
Parcel #
021-371-002 and 021-371-003

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Section 15183
Reasons for Exemption
The Environmental Coordinator finds that a Final Environmental Impact Report (SCH No. 2013081038) was certified by the Board of Supervisors for the San Miguel Community Plan on November 22, 2016. The San Miguel Community Plan is incorporated and part of the County General Plan Land Use Element. Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines Section 15183 a project that is consistent with the development density established by existing community plan policies for which an EIR was certified shall not require additional environmental review, except as might be necessary to examine whether there are project-specific significant effect which are peculiar to the project or its site. The project consists of multi-family residential development on a site that was designated as within the recreation land use category by the San Miguel Community Plan. Multi-family residential development is an allowed use in the recreation land use category pursuant to the County’s Land Use Ordinance (Title 22), and the project complies with the specific density limitations described in that section according to the medium intensity factor for the site based on access from a paved local street, proposed connection to a community sewer system, and proximity of less than 1 mile to a Central Business District. The project has been analyzed for project specific effects, including preparation of the technical studies described below. A Biological Assessment prepared for the project found the potential for the presence of special-status plant and animal species on or adjacent to the parcel to be extremely low as the site and surrounding areas are urbanized and highly disturbed. The project has been conditioned to complete a pre-construction biological survey to ensure that no special-status plant or animal species have become established on the site. A Cultural Resources Inventory Survey prepared for site found that no significant prehistoric cultural resources were located within the survey areas. Due to proximity of the San Miguel Mission, a Tribal Administrator recommended that a Extended Phase 1 Archaeological Study be prepared. The Extended Phase I did not identify significant cultural resources within the project area. Further, the findings were parallel to those of the Cultural Resources Inventory report prepared for the project. Although the project area is in the general vicinity of important historic, protohistoric, and prehistoric archaeological resources, the negative results of this and prior studies indicate the project area has low sensitivity for the presence of unidentified archaeological resources. No historical resources or unique archaeological resources were identified within the project area and no further archaeological study were recommended. A Traffic Impact Analysis dated June 7, 2019, was prepared for the project. The report concluded that the project would generate 264 new vehicle trips per weekday, including 17 AM peak hour trips and 20 PM peak hour trips. The project will not significantly impact the intersection of Mission St./ SLO Monterey Road and no improvements were recommended. County staff entered the project data into a VMT calculator tool developed according to best available data pursuant to SB 743. The project was screened out due to its location within an Urban Reserve Line. The project will have less than significant impacts on VMTs. No project significant impacts have been identified. The mitigation measures identified in the certified Final EIR prepared for the Specific Plan are adequate and have been incorporated as conditions of approval.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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