Another big golf course redevelopment is in the works in San Luis Obispo County.
Owners of the Avila Beach Golf Resort submitted an application to the county Feb. 13 for a large project that would include a lodge, cottages and professional amphitheater on the 170-acre property.
Based on plans included with the application, ABR Properties L.P. — which includes local developer Rob Rossi — is seeking amendments to the San Luis Bay Estates Master Development Plan and General Plan that would allow development at the site.
The application includes plans to improve the entertainment aspects of the resort, such as building a new four-story lodge and conference center, a golf pro shop, a recreational space with an upper and lower pond, a vineyard, a narrow-gauge railroad, an extension of the Bob Jones trail through the property and a professional amphitheater that could double as multi-purpose driving range.
The plans also feature approximately eight small residential areas made up of cottages that would consist of between two and 14 living units or apartments.
The current plans do not appear to call for any significant downsizing of the existing golf course. Most construction would take place on underused areas of the property, according to the application.
The plans are still in the conceptual phases, said Terry Wahler, senior planner for land conservation program and master-planned communities with the county of San Luis Obispo, and the application is currently on an “information hold” while the owners gather more information to address several questions planners have regarding the project.
Once the requested information is brought back to the county planners, the project could then begin the approval process with the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, Wahler said.
Rossi is in the process of seeking approval for another large redevelopment project at his Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo. That proposal went before county supervisors in March but was delayed to June 2 to give county staff time to compile more information on the project.