Paso Robles city council moving forward on Gateway Project
October 1, 2013
The Paso Robles City Council is moving forward on a proposal to annex 270 acres south of the city dubbed the Gateway Project.
The proposal includes plans to develop three hotels, 62,300 feet of retail space and office space, up to 35 single family homes, vineyards and open space.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the council will vote on which companies to award an environmental impact report and a water assessment report, which must be finished prior to annexation. The developer, Michael Furlotti, will be responsible to cover the $252,644 cost of the reports.
Several city officials have touted the benefits of annexing the property because of the additional tax revenue the hotels would generate.
In August, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance that prohibits new development and the planting of crops in the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin area unless proposed projects save as much water as they use.
However, in this case, it is unclear if the property lies over the Paso Robles groundwater basin or the Atascadero sub-basin. Maps of the Paso Robles groundwater basin are inconstant which some showing the property straddling the two basins. The county would need to approve the proposed annexation.
The water report “will serve to evaluate whether the total projected water supplies available to the city during normal, single dry and multiple dry water years during a 20-year projection are sufficient to meet the projected water demand associated with the proposed project,” the city staff report says.