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New 142 apartment project moves forward 

Buena Vista Apartments

Council rezones 12.5 acres for multi-family housing

New apartments planned for lot between Highway 46 and Experimental Station Road

The Paso Robles City Council voted this week to move forward with a plan for 142 new apartments by rezoning 12.5 acres of land in the Buena Vista area of town.

The council’s votes changed the existing R1-B4, Residential Single-Family, 1 acre lot, zoning designation to R3, Residential Multifamily 12 units per acre. The project is located on the south side of Experimental Station Road, west of Buena Vista Drive.

The project was filed with the city by Don Benson on behalf of Arjun Buena Vista Properties, LLC,

Oak trees on property
There are 22 oak trees located within the area where the project is proposed to be built. Of the 22 trees, three are proposed to be removed. One is dead and another is damaged by trimming for utility lines. Replacement trees will be required to be planted. All other oak trees will be protected and preserved during construction as required by the Oak Tree Ordinance.

The project has been before the Planning Commission three times. Additionally, two public workshops were held at the Estrella Associates offices, where Thom Jess, Project Architect, along with the applicants provided an opportunity for the neighbors to review and comment on the project in a workshop setting.

On January 22, 2013, the Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the Rezone, Specific Plan Amendment, and Mitigated Negative Declaration associated with the project. The Commission did not recommend approval of a Development Plan, but directed the applicant to revise the plan to address issues related to neighborhood compatibility, and visual effects from Highway 46 East.

Buena Vista Apartments

Panoramic photo of the site of 46 East set aside for the new Buena Vista Apartments project.


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