Dalidio project heads to SLO City Council Tuesday

Developer seeks permission to submit formal application to the city for the project called San Luis Ranch

acornejo@thetribunenews.comMarch 31, 2014 

The large housing and retail project known as San Luis Ranch planned for the 131-acre Dalidio property at the southern gateway of San Luis Obispo will go before the City Council Tuesday.

The San Luis Obispo City Council will be asked to allow the developer Coastal Community Builders to submit a formal application to the city for the project.

The council's authorization is needed because the project will require a specific plan and a general plan amendment.

The developer envisions a network of walking paths, pocket parks and trails that will connect the neighborhoods incorporating up to 500 homes to open spaces surrounding the proposed development.

The homes will be built in bungalow and Craftsman styles.

The city's general plan for development requires that 50 percent of the property – about 65 acres – be preserved as agricultural open space.

As it is proposed, the project would provide about 56 acres of open space, including an organic farm and learning center adjacent to the city’s farm, on the site.

The developer, Gary Grossman of Coastal Community Builders, is asking the city to allow for the additional nine acres of required open space to be provided elsewhere in the city.

In January, the city council agreed to study the possibility of allowing up to 10 acres of open space to be fulfilled off-site by another property with similar agricultural and visual components. If approved, the number of off-site acres provided as open space would be significantly more than the nine acres needed to meet the city requirement.

Development of the Dalidio property has been controversial in the past, both because of the potential conversion of agricultural lands and its prominent location in the city.

The project also includes plans for an enclave of commercial space capped at about 200,000 square feet, 150,000 square feet of office space and a 200-room high-end hotel with room for conference facilities.

The project is now located in the county but within the city’s sphere of influence and will eventually be annexed into the city.

The council is also being asked tonight to authorize city staff to begin drafting several agreements pertaining to the fees tied to the project and the developer’s commitment to build and pay for public infrastructure costs such as an interchange or overpass at Prado Road and Highway 101.

Finally, the council will be asked to authorize staff to issue a request for proposals to do the environmental impact report required for the project.

The developer will also be required to do a fiscal impact study to analyze the project’s impact on the city and on existing businesses in the city’s downtown.

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