Designed as a classic, affordable middle-class California neighborhood, Avila Ranch draws on time-proven traditional local values with modern planning techniques to satisfy 21st Century housing needs and lifestyles.
Avila Ranch is a visionary response to the city’s workforce housing needs at prices a wide range of households can afford.
Avila Ranch will offer a network of parks and mini parks perfect for enjoying the local outdoors:
• 18 acres devoted to parkland
• Shared turf areas for soccer, baseball and other sports
• Kid friendly play structures
• Basketball, pickle ball and tennis courts
• Dog parks
• Gathering areas, picnic tables, sun protection
• Connected to cycling and walking trails
• Water conserving
• Native plants
If Avila Ranch were developed as a business park as the county originally intended, there could easily be more than 14,000 employees coming and going all day long, generating six times more traffic than Avila Ranch will generate.
Avila Ranch has committed to paying for numerous traffic improvements, notably to pay for extending Buckley Road directly through to South Higuera, rather than simply imposing added traffic demands on Vachell Lane.
This long-anticipated improvement will provide easier access to US 101 and divert a substantial amount of traffic away from the Los Osos Valley Road freeway interchange.
Avila Ranch also will provide new bike paths including the long-awaited direct connection of the Bob Jones Trail to the City’s bicycle system in south San Luis Obispo.
Avila Ranch will not be generating entirely new traffic. Many Avila Ranch residents will be people already working in San Luis Obispo but who are now driving into and out of the city every day.
There will be some additional traffic, but only an estimated 6% on Buckley daily, and only an additional 1% to current traffic at the Buckley-Broad intersection, according to the independent Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
Additionally, Avila Ranch will fund improvements to ease traffic-flow problems all along South Higuera at the following intersections: Suburban, Tank Farm, Prado and South Street. All residents, not just Avila Ranch residents, will enjoy these improvements.
Innovative technology and highly restrictive conservation measures are projected to reduce average daily potable water usage in Avila Ranch to at least 35% below San Luis Obispo’s current residential water demand per unit. In addition:
Recognizing the outdoor lifestyle of San Luis Obispo residents, Avila Ranch will emphasize alternate transportation modes, notably biking and walking.
The Airport Land Use Commission has approved Avila Ranch, and commended the design for placing houses farther away than even the Commission’s own plan had recommended. In addition, Avila Ranch has been designed to be a good neighbor, ever mindful of San Luis Obispo’s special quality-of-life issues such as:
The look and feel of Avila Ranch will draw from San Luis Obispo’s architectural history to create distinctive neighborhood identities similar to SLO’s existing neighborhoods that respect local traditions and culture, and meet the social and technological demands of contemporary society.
The Avila Ranch project has been guided by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Neighborhood Development Guidelines, as well as San Luis Obispo County’s Green Build rating.
Avila Ranch will be San Luis Obispo’s first Net Zero Energy Community, which is one of the reasons a San Luis Obispo City Planning Commissioner called this project a “gold standard” of housing developments.
Each Avila Ranch home will be “Net Zero” through the use of solar power that will be capable of delivering 100% of the home’s electrical power, which will far exceed the City’s current 30% guideline. As a result of this and other energy efficiencies, Avila Ranch will be a Net Zero Energy Community, and residents will enjoy minimal energy costs.
Almost half of Avila Ranch’s 150 acres will be dedicated to open space and parks. No resident will be more than a quarter-mile from a park.
Within or near Avila Ranch, residents will have access to a wealth of community resources, including: