The council voted 8-0 Monday to recommend the county approve the project, with two members abstaining due to conflicts of interest, said Art Herbon, council chairman. The new homes would join 738 homes that have already been built. A nine-hole golf course is also planned.
“Essentially, we gave it our unanimous support, but there were some concerns about water for the golf course,” Herbon said.
The next step in the process for the development is a hearing before the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. No date for the Planning Commission hearing has been set, said Jay Johnson, senior county planner.
Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is located at 1640 Trilogy Parkway and was formerly called Woodlands Village. The development allows a maximum of 1,320 homes as well as a business park, trails and pocket parks and a hotel resort, Johnson said.
In addition to the 738 existing homes, the development has 18-hole and 12-hole golf courses and a business park. A planned future development phase could expand the proposed nine-hole golf course to 18 holes but that is uncertain at this point, Johnson said.
The proposal originally called for the development to include a vineyard, but those plans have been dropped in favor of the new golf course, Johnson said.
Water is liable to be a source of controversy as the development moves ahead. Water is supplied by the Woodlands Mutual Water Co., a private company operated by the developer.
The water company draws its water from the Santa Maria groundwater basin, which is classified as in Level 3 severity status, which means the existing demand meets or exceeds the supply.