An additional 242 single-family homes, a nine-hole golf course, and 20 acres of trails, neighborhood parks and common landscaping areas can be built at the Trilogy at Monarch Dunes development in Nipomo, following a recent decision by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission.
The first phase of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes, formerly called Woodlands Village, was approved in 2002 and since then has grown to 738 homes, an 18-hole and a 12-hole golf course, and a business park.
The development allows a maximum of 1,320 homes as well as trails, pocket parks and a hotel resort on the 957-acre property, though the hotel is not planned for the latest phase of construction.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved the second phase of the project Jan. 28. A planned future phase could expand the proposed nine-hole golf course to 18 holes, but it is uncertain whether that plan would ever be brought to the commission. Plans originally called for the development to include a vineyard, but those plans were dropped in favor of the new golf course.
Water is supplied by the Woodlands Mutual Water Co., a private company operated by the developer.
The new phase of the development will use an estimated 156.8 acre-feet of water per year: 104.3 acre-feet for the golf course, and 4.1 acre-feet for parks and open space (1 acre-foot of water is equal to 325,851 gallons), according to a county staff report prepared by planner Jay Johnson.
156.8 Number of acre-feet the new phase of the development at Monarch Dunes is expected to use annually
Starting in 2016, Woodlands Mutual Water Co. will receive an additional 133 acre-feet of water per year from the Nipomo Community Services District Supplemental Water Project to cover part of the new phase’s water demand, according to the staff report. That amount will increase as the Supplemental Water Project continues to be built out and pipe in more water.
About 24.2 acre-feet of the water used on the property would be recycled and used for irrigation.