Hotels, restaurants, winery proposed for Paso Robles property

A multiphase resort project with restaurants, a winery and a viticulture learning center is in the preliminary planning stages for a parcel off Highway 46 East in Paso Robles.

The project is proposed by local businessmen Will and Ken Mundee of Wine Country RV Resort, located west of the site near The Ravine Water Park.

The project’s application with the city is not yet complete, city planners say, so it hasn’t reached the public review stage. Consideration by the city’s Planning Commission and City Council is still “many months away” as an environmental analysis with traffic and water studies still need to be done, city planner Susan DeCarli said.

However, preliminary plans presented to the San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission give a peek into what the developers are envisioning for the city’s eastern gateway.

Plans for the 74-acre property at 3350 Highway 46 East could include, over multiple phases, a 140-room resort hotel with café and business center; a 32-suite boutique hotel with a café restaurant; 20 vacation casitas and another restaurant; 30 additional vacation casitas with a spa and clubhouse; a winery production and tasting facility; a four-bedroom bed-and-breakfast with an additional guest house; and a “viticulture learning center” with a viticulture library, workshop and related buildings.

The parcel currently has a residence on it. Surrounding land uses include rural residences to the north, vineyards to the east, the RV park to the west and a mix of vineyard and residences across Highway 46 East to the south, according to a staff report recently presented to the Airport Land Use Commission.

The Land Use Commission determined that potential future land uses related to the project were consistent with regulations associated with being near the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, located about a mile north of the site.