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Pre-Application Hearing for Aaron’s Inn a New 22-Room Hotel at 1390 Main St., Montara
November 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A public workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to allow for public comment on a proposal submitted to the San Mateo County Planning Department (Planning Case File No. PRE 2016-00034) to merge two parcels (APNs 036-052-030 and 036-052-150) located at 1350 and 1390 Main Street in the Montara area of unincorporated San Mateo County for a new 22-room, 3-story hotel with underground parking on the first story.
Project Description: The subject parcels are currently zoned C-1/S-3/DR/CD (Neighborhood Business Districts/S-3 Combining District/Design Review/Coastal Development). The applicant has provided plans for a new 22-room, 3-story hotel with underground parking on the first story (20,603 square feet total). The two (2) existing single-family residences are proposed to be demolished.
Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Link: https://smcgov.zoom.us/j/91042359381
Planner: Ruemel Panglao
Project File Number PRE 2016-00034
Project Owner/Applicant: Paul McGregor, PO Box 370490, Montara, CA 94037
Project Address: APNs 036-052-030, 036-052-150, 1350 and 1390 Main Street, Montara, CA 94037
Plans (dated Sept 11, 2019)
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Purpose of Workshop:
A Major Development Pre-Application Workshop is required per Section 6415 of the Zoning Regulations for visitor-serving development (e.g., hotels, hostelries, restaurants) involving or requiring ten (10) or more new hotel or hostelry lodging units. The purpose of the Major Development Pre-Application Public Workshop is to provide for and foster early public involvement and input on a major development project and, to the extent feasible, identify potential issues before the applicant continues the necessary Planning applications initiating the County’s formal review process. The formal application for this project (PLN 2016-00328) was submitted concurrently with this pre-application. The public workshop is for informational purposes only and shall not confer or imply any approval or rejection of the proposed project by the County of San Mateo. The goal of the public workshop is to collect review agency and public input of the proposal.
Surrounding Land Use and Land Use History of Project Site:
The subject parcels are 14,500 sq. ft. in total size, are zoned C-1/S-3/DR/CD, and are directly bordered by a commercial building to the north, a vacant lot to the west, Main Street to the east, and 7th Street to the south. Across Main Street to the east is a post office and to the south across 7th Street is a parking lot and duplex. The greater surrounding area is comprised of single-family residences and commercial buildings. Each subject parcel is currently developed with a single family residence.
Applicable Regulations, Review, and Permits Required:
This project will require a Coastal Development Permit, Design Review Permit, Use Permit, Grading Permit, and Merger. The project proposes to merge the two parcels. The applicant has provided plans for a new 22-room, 3-story hotel with underground parking on the first story (20,603 square feet total). The project would include the removal of several significant trees. At least five parking spaces are required by the Zoning Regulations; 15 parking spaces are proposed including 1 accessible parking space.
After the Pre-Application Workshop and completion of a comment letter from County staff, the applicant may proceed with pursuing their formal application (PLN 2016-00328) for the proposed development which was submitted concurrently with the pre-application. The Planning Department will prepare the appropriate environmental document, which will be posted with a commenting period for applicable agencies, members of the public, and other interested parties. The project will, at minimum, require a Negative Declaration per California Environmental Quality Act requirements.
The next opportunity for public input will be when the Coastal Development Permit, Design Review Permit, Use Permit, Grading Permit, and Merger application is brought before the Planning Commission for decision. Public noticing will be provided prior to future hearings before the Planning Commission. This project would be appealable to the Board of Supervisors and, if approved, the California Coastal Commission. The project does not require review by the Coastside Design Review Committee as the proposal does not include any residential units.
If you have any questions regarding the proposal or the Pre-Application Workshop, please contact Ruemel Panglao, Project Planner, Phone: 650/363-4582, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to reach him during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, please do so via email as County staff is currently working remotely per County directive until further notice.