Sixty-eight oak trees will be removed from the Vina Robles Winery property off Highway 46 East in Paso Robles as part of a move to create one of San Luis Obispo County’s largest entertainment venues.
The removal — which officials said received no public criticism at the Paso Robles City Council’s Aug. 16 meeting — is part of the 25-acre winery’s plans to build an outdoor amphitheater and hotel on its grounds where the highway meets Mill Road.
The city’s Planning Commission on Aug. 9 gave the business the OK to build the two-phase development.
Included are the 3,300-seat amphitheater, a 60-room hotel, 10 duplex-bungalows, stage, security building, food and beverage buildings, admission entrance gate, parking lot and restrooms.
The buildings will likely be constructed in phases, with the amphitheater and ancillary buildings first to come with the hotel and bungalows to follow later.
Vina Robles is preparing its grading and construction drawings, city planners said.
Site preparation requires removal of the oaks, two of which are reportedly dead. Many of the trees are small, largely unhealthy and less than 20 years old, a contracted city arborist said in his report.
Tree replacements elsewhere at the winery are required with the approval.
In April, the county’s Airport Land Use Commission expressed concerns about lasers and pyrotechnics such as fireworks from performances possibly affecting aircraft visibility.
Part of the project’s approval requires that light show activities won’t be cast higher than 500 feet above the amphitheater stage.