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Planning commission approves River Oaks expansion 



The planned expansion is the top portion of the conceptual drawing. The project will fuse with the existing planned community.

River Oaks community plans 271 new homes

–The Paso Robles Planning Commission on Tuesday night unanimously approved plans for an large expansion to the River Oaks community on the northeast side of town near the River Oaks Golf Course. The plans will be forwarded to the city council for final approval.

Original story reported Nov. 11, 2015:

–The River Oaks project proposal includes expanding the existing neighborhoods to the north of the existing development. It includes up to 271 new home sites, including an extension of the “Traditions” active adult/senior neighborhood with 144 units, and extensions of the “The Classics” and “Vineyard Estates” with a total of 127 units. The conceptual plans include additional open space areas, more intensified development of the Pavilion & Spa, a “neighborhood farm” area, and walking trails. This would require amendments of the General Plan Land Use Designation and zoning from Agriculture to Residential Single Family, as well as an amendment to the Borkey Area Specific Plan.

A view of the lot for the part of the expansion that will back up to the existing golf course.

A view of the lot for the part of the expansion that will back up to the existing golf course.

“They all work together,” said proprietor Dick Wilhoit. “Technically what its referred to is a ‘NORC’ a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community…as your lifestyle changes, family makeup changes, you literally can live through all of this.” The community was designed to contain small cottages, mid-sized and larger sized lots, and also senior neighborhoods. The lot for the first part of the River Oaks community was originally purchased in 1992.

The improvements to the existing infrastructure include the addition of an amphitheater on the lake, and an open air pavilion open on three sides that can host 200 people. They will expand the spa and add fitness and tennis and pickle ball courts as well as two pools; one will be the warm mineral water, the other will be a fresh water pool. The existing neighborhoods will be able to opt in to pay a proprietary fee to use the new facilities. Wilhoit said that the specifics of the improvements to the community areas, such as creating an open air pavilion rather than a smaller, enclosed space, came from the knowledge gleaned from the existing community spaces.

lot where the pools will be

The area outside of the existing River Oaks Spa will have two new pools installed, a warm mineral pool and a cool freshwater pool.


The project will have to pay development impact and building fees that will go to building infrastructure such as roads and help pay for the Nacimiento Water project. The average per unit water connection fee in Paso Robles is $23,500 per unit. They will also be charged a wastewater facility fee and other charges, totaling on average $63,000 per home for residential building fees.

The River Oaks Spa will remain open, during the expansion, “that is the intention,” said Wilhoit, the exact logistics of how they will remain open are still being determined.

For more information about the project, call Estrella Associates at (805) 238-1031 or visit 



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