The San Luis Obispo City Council unanimously approved a map detailing the layout for a large residential development planned for the Orcutt Road area.
Wingate Homes, presented Tuesday night as the Atelier Development, is a 10-acre site in the southeastern area of the city.
While Tuesday’s decision moves the project forward, it must still go before the city’s Architectural Review Commission for design approval before coming back to the City Council for a final vote.
On Tuesday, Councilwoman Kathy Smith commended the project’s variety of housing and inclusion of affordable homes. Smith added that she would like to see more open space incorporated into the project. A one-acre park is planned for the development; design for that must still be approved by the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
The development will include 142 homes including housing types designed to appeal to high-end buyers as well as families and rentals for seniors. According to plans submitted to the city, the project will include 45 single-family homes, 33 single-family terraced homes, 12 loft-style apartments and 52 senior flats. A mixture of those, totaling 30 units, will be affordable homes.
“This is a very good beginning of more development for our city,” said Mayor Jan Marx. The project is the first residential development in the area to emerge since a specific plan was adopted in 2010 and the area was annexed by the city in 2011.
Two people spoke against the project during public comment, with concerns about traffic and other impacts. One resident, a senior, said she supported the project’s inclusion of senior accessible housing.