The Community Development Department consists of the Planning, Engineering and Building Divisions, involving the Department in all aspects of development. From the grading of the lot to the construction of the building (pad, structure, electrical, plumbing), and installation of final improvements such as landscaping and signage. Department Overview
Paso Robles Gateway Project
The City of Paso Robles is currently processing applications for the Gateway Project. This project includes applications for an Annexation, Sphere of Influence Update, General Plan Amendment, Prezone, Development Plan and Subdivision Map to develop land located at the northwest quadrant of the Highway 101 and State Route 46 West.
The project, proposed by Quorum Realty, would include 3 resort hotels, approximately 63,000 square feet of commercial retail space, up to 35 single family homes, vineyards and dedicated open space. The project also includes consideration of realigning South Vine Street so that that it would align with opposite of Theatre Drive (across SR 46 West). See the Gateway Project Site Plan.
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared to evaluate potential impacts that result from the proposed project. Potential environmental impacts identified to be studies in the EIR include:
- water demand, supply & quality traffic (traffic generation & impacts to surrounding areas)
- public services (police & fire response, other services)
- utilities and service systems (water & wastewater treatment & delivery)
- air pollution & greenhouse gas emissions
- biological resources (oak trees and other resources)
- land use planning and compatibility
- aesthetics (hillside development)
Download the Gateway Project Initial Study.
A public scoping meeting has been scheduled to be held at the Paso Robles Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paso Robles Library Conference Room/City Council Chambers, 1000 Spring Street. The public is invited to attend the public scoping meeting to learn more about the project and to provide input on potential environmental impacts to be analyzed in the EIR.
Please direct any questions regarding the scheduled meeting or related matters to Susan DeCarli, Planning Manager or Ed Gallagher, Community Development Director. They can be reached at (805) 237-3970 or by email: Susan DeCarli (email@example.com) or Ed Gallagher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Beechwood Specific Plan
A draft of a conceptual site plan (below) was considered by the Planning Commission on October 8, 2013 and by the City Council on October 29th.
The project includes a proposal for 1,011 residences and a small amount of commercial development on 236 acres. The project will also include open space areas, parks and multi-purpose trails.
The Beechwood area is bounded by Meadowlark Road, Creston Road, Beechwood Drive and the PG&E easement on the eastern edge of the City limits.
At the October 29th public workshop, City Council allowed that the applicants may proceed to prepare a Specific Plan, environmental and water supply assessments with a few conditions (and without any guarantee of approval). Their conditions included a number of minor modifications recommended by the Planning Commission [the staff report showing recommended conditions/changes can be downloaded here].
Over the next 12-18 months the applicant may prepare a Specific Plan, which will be subjected to public scrutiny, and then undertake an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) as well as a Water Supply Assessment (WSA). The results of those studies will identify impacts, resource constraints, mitigations, fiscal impacts, etc.. Ultimately, the Plan, EIR and WSA will be presented for public review and the City Council will decide whether to approve, modify or reject the proposed Specific Plan.
Draft Circulation Element
This project is an update to the city-wide Circulation Element. The Circulation Element is one of the mandated elements of the General Plan. The Circulation Element identifies the city-wide transportation network. It is designed to support the City’s existing and future land use pattern, and contains policies specific to transportation and mobility to implement the circulation plan.
Final Environmental Impact Report
Circulation Element Update
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is available for public review. The FEIR incorporates all comments with responses to comments included, and provides, to the greatest extent possible, an analysis of the potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of the project (final Circulation Element update), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act and the State CEQA Guidelines.
Final Environmental Impact Report - Vol. I [pdf:12mb/391pp]
Final Environmental Impact Report - Vol. II [pdf:5mb/326pp]
Historic Preservation Program
To help preserve the historic treasures that shape the community’s character, and to continue Paso Robles’ legacy, the City Council has established a goal to update the current City-wide Historic Inventory and establish a Historic Preservation Ordinance. Read more...
U.S. Highway 101/State Route 46 East Improvement Project
Caltrans proposes to provide operational and access improvements at the 13th Street Bridge over U.S. Highway 101, the U.S. Highway 101 ramp at 16th Street, and the westbound direction of State Route 46 East at and near the U.S. Highway 101/State Route 46 East interchange. The project would also construct an auxiliary lane along U.S. Highway 101 southbound between the on-ramp at State Route 46 East and off-ramp at 17th Street/Riverside Avenue, as well as a ramp meter at the southbound U.S. Highway 101 on-ramp at Spring Street. Read more...
Bike Master Plan
The City of Paso Robles has become aware of the growing interest in bicycle riding through local planning efforts such as new specific plans, trail planning, and regional bike programs. Excitement for cycling and recreational bike riding was also heightened when the City of Paso Robles hosted the Amgen Tour of California in 2009.
The Paso Robles Bicycle Master Plan is a comprehensive plan to address the needs of both recreational and commuter cyclists. The plan provides direction for City bike planning and improvements over the next 10 years. The plan includes goals that establish what the City would like to achieve, policies to provide the guidance on how to achieve the goals, and actions to direct the City’s efforts.
Download the Bike Master Plan [pdf:2.5mb/57pp]
Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, the City Council and Planning Commission conducted a public workshop meeting to discuss the recommendations of the three ad hoc committees and staff on the Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan. Click here for additional information.
Purple Belt Action Plan
The City of El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles) completed a General Plan update in 2003. One of the key goals included in the General Plan is the establishment of a “Purple Belt Program.” The main ideas behind the Purple Belt are to:
- provide tools and support to assist property owners that want to continue their agricultural operations;
- support the regions’ agricultural economy;
- and maintain the rural, agrarian landscape around the City.
City Gateway and Design Standards
To preserve and strengthen the unique image, identity, and character of Paso Robles, the General Plan directs that design standards and guidelines be developed for key “Gateways” to the City. Through an initial process of urban design analysis and dialogue with the Gateway Ad Hoc Committee, two general types of Gateways have been identified in Paso Robles: the Central Gateway and the Town & Country Gateway. This document identifies the location, purpose and general design characteristics of each of the identified Gateways, highlights specific site conditions and, where applicable, recommends specific policies, design interventions and recommended implementation actions.
Download the City Gateway and Design Standards [pdf:2mb/36pp] Updated 9-2-08
U.S. HWY 101/46 West Interchange Modification Project
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), as delegated by the Federal Highway Administration, has determined that Build Alternative 2 will have no significant impact on the human environment. This Finding of No Significant Impact is based on the attached Environmental Assessment, which has been independently evaluated by Caltrans and determined to adequately and accurately discuss the need, environmental issues, and impacts of the proposed project and appropriate mitigation measures. It provides sufficient evidence and analysis for determining that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. Caltrans takes full responsibility for the accuracy, scope, and content of the attached Environmental Assessment and incorporated technical reports (and other documents as appropriate).
The environmental review, consultation, and any other action required in accordance with applicable federal laws for this project is being, or has been, carried out by Caltrans under its assumption of responsibility pursuant to 23 U.S. Code 327. Read more...
Hwy 46 East for the Future
"Population growth, both locally and statewide, has led to increased travel demand and congestion on Route 46 East. The primary purpose of the 46 East for the Future process is to generate public interest to assist partner agencies in the development of a 20-year improvement strategy for the section of Route 46 East from US 101 to Jardine Road.
Parking Management Plan
The City Paso Robles has commissioned Parking Design Group, LLP, to develop a Parking Management Plan for their downtown in order to ensure an adequate parking supply for the community, businesses, and patrons. By implementing the strategies recommended by Parking Design Group, LLP, the downtown will be equipped with the best possible comprehensive Parking Management Plan.
Parking Management Plan
The Traffic Calming Program, adopted by the City Council in January 2005, was developed to provide the means to address existing traffic calming problems and to use in new development. The purposes of "traffic calming" are aimed at reducing traffic congestion and to keep traffic moving. Learn more...
River Corridor Vision
The Salinas River, embraced by the citizens of Paso Robles, is a thriving corridor that enhances important habitat and open spaces, provides recreational and economic opportunities, ties to our heritage, and connects to our future. Follow The River, Follow The Dream. Learn more about the Salinas River Corridor.