Tentative Tract Map for 10850 El Camino Real continued to Feb. 21 meeting

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Planning Commission met virtually for the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. Chairperson Jeff van den Eikhof was not present for the meeting.

The Consent Calendar passed unanimously and contained the Home Depot Center Phase II Entitlement Time Extension at 940 El Camino Real. On Jan. 15, 2019, The Planning Commission approved Conditional Use Permit DEV18-0073 with Resolution PC 2019-0001. A first-time extension was applied for on Nov. 5, 2020, and expired Dec. 3, 2022. Approving the resolution included in the Consent Calendar extends the conditional use permit by one year for an amendment to the Home Depot Center Master Plan of Development (CUP 2000-0014) to allow a hotel where two retail buildings were previously approved.

The Planning Commission then held a Public Hearing for the 10850 LLC Vesting Tentative Tract Map for 10850 El Camino Real. Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore gave the presentation. The parcel is in a multi-family zone at the south end of El Camino Real, between El Camino Real and Highway 101.


“Originally, it was 2017 when this got approved. It was actually a planned development, which means the property actually got re-zoned,” Dunsmore said. “Then they got a map approved at the same time to lay out this subdivision so each property could be individually owned. That map actually expired in 2019, and just recently, this last year, they decided they wanted to turn an apartment portion in the back into condominiums, so they could be individually sold. So now they have come back in with an alteration, and so basically, it’s a new tentative map.”

Dunsmore went on to mention that even though it’s a tentative new map, the project itself is not new, even though the description of the project has changed slightly. It is already an approved project that is already under construction. Parts of the project are already completed, and he added that whether or not the map got approved, the property is going to continue being built.

“In 2017, we approved 75 units on this property, that included 48 apartments, included 20 attached townhomes, and seven single-family residential cottages,” added Dunsmore.

The primary revision to the new tentative map is that the apartment building in the back will now be an ownership product instead of a rental property. 

During Public Comment, Paula Ramsum, a resident adjacent to the project, stated that her private residence sustained severe flood damage on Jan. 27, 2021. 

“There’s a big problem with drainage, and I really think that this should be accessed at this time,” Ramsum said.

After much deliberation, the Planning Commission, taking into consideration the concerns of the residents, decided to continue the item to the Feb. 21 meeting. 

The next item on the agenda was the Barrel Creek Planned Development, which was continued from the Jan. 17 meeting. 

Senior Planner Kelly Gleason gave the presentation. She stated that what was decided at the meeting would not be the final action on the project and that the next step is for the project to be presented to City Council for final action.

After the last meeting, there were a few amendments made to the proposed project in response to feedback from the community. The Planning Commission adopted the draft resolution that the city council adopts the Barrel Creek Project as Conditioned and Subject to Mitigation and Monitoring, including staff’s recommendations. The vote to approve was unanimous, and the Barrel Creek Project will come before City Council on their Feb. 28 meeting.

The next Atascadero Planning Commission meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m.