Notice Of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Persea Project
Orion Pacific (Project Applicant) is proposing the development of 305 multifamily units (proposed
Project) within a total of 10 buildings with a gross square footage of 406,802 square feet on an
approximately 10.4-acre site at 1309 North (N.) Santa Fe Avenue within the City of Vista. The
Project site is located on the east side of N. Santa Fe Avenue, north of Cananea Street. The Project
site is designated as Mixed Use (MU) in the Vista General Plan (GP) 2030 Update, and is zoned
Mixed Use with a maximum residential density of 40 dwelling units per acre (M-U ). The Land
Use and Community Identity Element in the GP 2030 Update identifies the Project site within a San
Diego Association of Governments Smart Growth Area, and City-designated Opportunity Area 3.
The proposed Project would consist of 305 multi-family units with a total of approximately 271,488
net square feet. Vehicular and pedestrian access to the proposed Project would be provided by two
entrances: one from the west of the site via N. Santa Fe Avenue and one from the south of the site
via Cananea Street. The proposed Project would include a recreational area, two pocket parks, and
landscaped areas, including a biological preserve and water quality management areas.
Under the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources
Code, Section 21000 et seq.) and the Guidelines for Implementation of CEQA (State CEQA
Guidelines) (California Code of Regulations, Section 15000 et seq.), the City of Vista (City) is the
Lead Agency for environmental review and must evaluate the potentially significant environmental
effects of the proposed Project. Pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15168, the City has
determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared to assess the proposed
Project’s effects on the environment, to identify potentially significant impacts, and to identify
feasible mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate potentially significant environmental impacts.
As allowed under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15063, an Initial Study will not be prepared for
the proposed Project.
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) is being circulated pursuant to Public Resources Code Section
21153(a) and State CEQA Guidelines Section 15082. Public agencies and the public are invited
to comment on the proposed scope and content of the environmental information to be included
in the EIR, which is available on the City’s website at the following link:
A 30-day review period is provided to return written comments to the City. Comments will be accepted from July 26, 2017 to August 24, 2017 until 5:00 p.m. All comments should be directed to the City’s Environmental Planner at the following address, or emailed at the address noted below:
John Hamilton, AICP
Environmental Planner l Community Development Department
200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, California 92084