The Cambrian

San Simeon storage unit proposal called out of scale for neighborhood

San Luis Obispo County planners want developer David Sansone to reduce the size of a planned mini-storage project in San Simeon, saying that the original design was out of scale for the San Simeon community, according to reports given Nov. 4 to the North Coast Advisory Council Land Use Committee.

The full advisory council is expected to consider the project at a meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rabobank, 1070 Main St., Cambria.

The project was proposed to be built in three phases, with a eventual total of 214 storage units with 52,819 square feet of space at 927 Avonne Ave.

The county will likely propose scaling down the project to just its first phase, and move it to the rear of the property so the front portion would still be available for future residential multi-family use, according to advisory council committee Chairwoman Laurel Stewart.

As proposed, phase one would include 53 storage units in two buildings totaling 8,295 square feet, plus paved RV and boat parking areas and an existing 1,181-square foot residence to be used as a manager’s unit.

Phase two would convert some of the RV/boat parking to 58 additional storage units equaling 15,256 square feet of buildings. Phase three would convert the rest of the RV/boat parking to 103 storage units totaling 29,268 square feet of buildings.

Stewart said county Planner Megan Martin told the committee that the project was out of scale with the mandate “that the facilities be designed primarily to serve the needs of apartment residents in the same land-use category, given the number of dwelling units and population in the community.”

As designed, the project didn’t fit in “with the stated goals for San Simeon as a special community in the North Coast Area Plan,” Stewart said.