Introduction

The City of Morro Bay is currently in the process of creating a master plan for the 95-acre Power Plant property and would like your feedback!
 
What is a Master Plan?
 
A master plan establishes a vision and policy framework for the development of an area. It helps guide decision makers and the public by providing design and development parameters for the future physical development of the planning area.
 
Why is the City creating a Master Plan?

Pursuant to Morro Bay General Plan Policy LU-5.4, a master plan is required to be prepared upon receiving a proposal for property development. A proposal has been received for a battery energy storage system in the location of the previous oil tank farm area.

The master plan process will ensure a holistic approach to planning for the Power Plant site and surrounding area. The master plan will establish a vision and plan for growth and development of the Power Plant site and surrounding area, including consideration of the physical relationship and compatibility with the proposed battery storage system project.

Where is the Power Plant site?

The map below shows the boundaries of the Power Plant property. The map also shows where the proposed battery energy storage project would be located as well as identifying environmentally sensitive habitat areas in and around the planning area. 

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Power Plant Site Map

<strong>Power Plant Site Map</strong>
How is the Master Plan area organized? 

For purposes of this master planning process, the planning area has been organized into 4 main areas:
  • Area #1 - Power Plant Embarcadero frontage
  • Area #2 - Power Plant building area and graded area with Pacific Wildlife Care
  • Area #3 - Hillside area along Scott Street
  • Area #4 - Morro Creek and Keiser Park
These areas are depicted on the map below.

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Master Plan Planning Areas Map

<strong>Master Plan Planning Areas Map</strong>
Land Use Preferences

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* 1. Within the four planning areas shown above, briefly describe what you would like to see in those areas in the future. Fill in the blank.

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* 2. Which potential uses would you prefer to see on the Power Plant property? Please select all that apply.

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* 3. Which potential uses would you prefer NOT to see on the Power Plant property? Please select all that apply.

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* 4. What uses would you like to see in Area # 1- Power Plant Embarcadero frontage? The picture below provides a current view of the area. Please fill in the blank.

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* 5. What uses would you like to see in Area #2- the Power Plant building area and graded area with Pacific Wildlife Care? The picture below provides a current view of the area. Please fill in the blank

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* 6. What uses would you like to see in Area #3- the hillside area along Scott Street? The pictures below provides a current view of the area and shows the existing hillside topography. Please fill in the blank

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* 7. We asked about your vision for potential land uses within different planning areas of the Power Plant site. Are there uses that you believe would be more compatible with the proposed battery energy storage site? Are there uses that you believe would be less compatible with the battery energy storage site? Please fill in the blank.

Circulation and Connections

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* 8. To enhance the pedestrian connection across the Embarcadero, what types of pedestrian connection improvements should be considered? Select all that you think apply.

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* 9. Where should pedestrian connection improvements across the Embarcadero be prioritized? Please select all that apply.

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* 10. Should the existing pedestrian bridge over Morro Creek be expanded to accommodate vehicle connections to Highway 1 and State Route 41? Should vehicle connections also be provided at the southeast area of the property at Quintana Road and Main Street? See images of areas below

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* 11. Area #1 - Power Plant Embarcadero frontage is an important public facing edge along the Power Plant site and a key focal point that should be carefully designed. What are the most important design considerations for this area and edge? Rate the following in order of importance. 

  High importance Medium Importance  Low Importance Not important
Prioritizing pedestrian connections and pathways  
Prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle connections and trails 
Creating connections with nature and natural landscape features
Creating prominent gateways and focal point features
Providing commercial and economic opportunities
Incorporating public art and/or historical elements of the area
Creating defined spaces for seating and viewing areas  
Designing for nighttime activity and safety
Design and Amenities Preferences
Designing successful public spaces is important for creating strong community connections. Public spaces can take many forms and serve a variety of purposes. Please answer the following questions to help us understand your preferences for public spaces at the Power Plant site.

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* 12. Should public spaces on the Power Plant site serve as:

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* 13. Please rate the following functional public spaces at the Power Plant site in order of importance.

  High importance Medium importance Low importance Not important
Active recreation and play areas
Entertainment and social gathering areas
Natural open space/greenways
Public trail connections
Community garden(s)

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* 14. What type of public space amenities would you like to see on the Power Plant property? Select all the apply.

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* 15. The City adopted the Downtown Waterfront Strategic Plan in 2018 to connect and enhance the design of Morro Bay’s downtown and waterfront areas. The Plan includes design guidelines focused on maintaining and enhancing the nautical/fishing village character of the waterfront area.

The document can be viewed at the link below and design guidelines for the waterfront area begin on page 3.30

https://www.morro-bay.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/11592/City-Council-Adopted-DWSP-2018?bidId=

Should the Master Plan consider incorporating similar design guidelines to expand the nautical/fishing village character?

Conclusion

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* 16. Please provide any additional suggestions, questions, or comments regarding the Morro Bay Power Plant Master Plan below.

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* 17. What is your connection to Morro Bay?

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* 18. How long have you lived in Morro Bay?

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* 19. Please provide your email if you would like to receive updates and information on future events related to the Morro Bay Power Plan Master Plan.

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* 20. Thank you for taking this survey. To keep up to date on the project and upcoming events, visit and save the project website: www.morrobayca.gov/bess

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