The Cambrian

Hearing to address fate of permit for Cambria assisted living proposal

The California Coastal Commission will hear on Friday, Oct. 10, an appeal of a county permit for an $8.5 million, 41-bed, 31-unit assisted living senior facility in a multifamily zoned property on the busy, hilly residential corner of Ardath Drive and Green Street. 

Staffers are recommending denial of the Kingston Bay Senior Living project, citing a “substantial issue” with the project plans, and saying the project does not conform to the Local Coastal Program’s (LCP) water resource and sensitive habitat policies. 

Staffers said in their report that the project is inconsistent with the LCP requirement that the community should have an adequate water supply available to serve new development.

The county’s approval was inconsistent with numerous LCP policies and standards, commission staff wrote, “including those related to water supply, sensitive habitat, traffic and parking, water quality and hydrology, cultural resources, hazards and visual resources.” 

County supervisors approved the permit, with 74 conditions, in July. 

The appeal, filed in late June, listed concerns about traffic, parking, public safety, landscaping, delivery trucks and the presence of such a large development in a residential neighborhood, on a corner visible from Highway 1.

The 410-page staff report for the hearing is at  

The current permit for a water-reclamation project being constructed by the Cambria Community Services District restricts water produced by that project to use only during Stage 3 water emergencies and only by current customers. As required by the emergency permit, the district is seeking a full permit for the project. If granted, the subsequent permit might allow more latitude in using the water.