Salinas Valley Issues & Actions:
Paraiso Hot Springs Spa Resort
The Paraiso Hot Springs Resort Development project proposes an “after the fact” demolition permit, the redevelopment of a resort with 77 timeshare units, 60 airspace condominium units, and the subdivision of 235 acres into 23 lots.
LandWatch Position: Commented on the EIR
Project Status: Awaiting Recirculated Draft EIR
The project applicant is Thomas Holdings, LLC.
The project proposal includes an “after the fact” demolition permit, the redevelopment of a resort with 77 timeshare units, 60 airspace condominium units and the subdivision of 235 acres into 23 lots.
The County of Monterey is the lead agency.
The project is governed by the policies of the 1982 Monterey County General Plan and the Central Salinas Valley Area Plan.
Historic Resources Review Board voted to approve the proposed resolution, but added language in agreement with LandWatch’s letter and acknowledges that the DEIR analysis is incomplete.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report was completed in July 2013. (16.7M PDF file).
The Notice of Preparation was circulated for 30 days in May and June 2008.
The project application was deemed complete in June 2005.
Project Location Map
The proposed Paraiso Springs project is seven miles west of Greenfield at the end of Paraiso Hot Springs Road.
Full Size Map (283K PDF file)
The proposed Paraiso Springs project includes with 77 timeshare units and 60 airspace condominium units.
Resources At Risk
The development proposal includes the removal of 185 protected oak trees
In some instances this development builds on slopes in excess of 30%.
Cultural Resources are At Risk
The draft EIR fails to provide an adequate analysis of the cultural landscape and does not propose an adequate resolution. The EIR must be revised and recirculated to provide an adequate analysis of the Cultural Landscape with reference to all of the historic periods in which the site was inhabited.
Visual Aids & Graphics
LandWatch has created images that represent aerial views of the property, using Google Earth, showing Paraiso Spring Spa’s relationship to existing environment.
Paraiso Hot Springs as it exists today (August 2013).
An overlay of the proposed project using Google Earth.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
Letter: Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (500K PDF file)
In this letter, LandWatch outlines its concerns for the project, including: aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, climate change, cultural resources, hazards, cumulative analysis, and alternatives. (10.02.13)
Letter: Comments to the Historic Resources Review Board (93K PDF file)
LandWatch outlines its concern for the project mainly that the Draft Environmental Impact Report fails to analysis the cultural landscape for the project. (10.03.13)
Paraiso Hot Springs Project Goes to Historic Commission
Three years after the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and more than 10 years after the illegal demolition of the historic cottages onsite, the project proponents go before the Monterey County Historic Resource Board seeking permission to move the project forward with additional mitigation measures. (08.02.16)
The County is allowing more than 50 days for residents to provide input on the project’s DEIR. Comments on the DEIR are due to the County by Friday, October 4, 2013. LandWatch is reviewing the DEIR and preparing comments. They will be posted online when available. Comments on the DEIR should be mailed to and received no later than Friday, October 4, 2013:
County of Monterey
Resource Management Agency
168 W. Alisal, 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the review process, the project will have a hearing before the Monterey County Planning Commission. The Commission will make a recommendation about the project to the Board of Supervisors. The recommendation could either be to: approve the project; deny the project; or offer suggestions on how to improve the project. Ultimately, the County Board of Supervisors will be responsible for deciding to approve or deny the Paraiso Hot Springs Resort.