Environmental report for proposed Port San Luis campground is released

The view from the first level of Harbor Terrace looking toward Harford Pier.
The view from the first level of Harbor Terrace looking toward Harford Pier. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The Harbor Terrace development at Port San Luis has reached a new milestone with the release of its environmental impact report.

The 800-page report is available for public review at the district’s website, www.portsanluis.com. The harbor district board is expected to certify the document when it meets Jan. 27.

After that, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission will hear the project March 12. The Planning Commission must issue a coastal development permit in order for the project to proceed.

“We’ll just keep going forward,” said Commissioner Drew Brandy Wednesday after receiving an update on the permitting process.

That permit is appealable to both the Board of Supervisors and the state Coastal Commission. The report found no significant and unavoidable environmental impacts of the development.

The project calls for a 34-acre campground, restaurant, store and other amenities to be built near the main entrance to Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Camping options will include tent camping, recreational vehicle hookups and cabins.

The goal of the development is to provide new and affordable accommodations for coastal visitors to the county as well as create a new source of revenue for the district, said Steve McGrath, harbor manager.

Another benefit of the project will be the elimination of approximately 25 RV campsites that are currently located along Avila Beach Drive. Relocating those RV camp sites to the Harbor Terrace will open that area for additional roadside parking.

In December, the district’s board of commissioners selected HomeFed Corp. of Carlsbad to build and operate the development. It is expected to cost $17 to $20 million to build the facility which should be up and running in 2017.

Historically, Harbor Terrace was the site of the Port San Luis Trailer Park, which had 41 spaces. The trailer park was closed down and dismantled in 2012 to make way for the development.

The district has used the remainder of the site for commercial and recreational boat and fishing gear storage, RV camping and harbor district storage of materials and equipment.