Avalon Hotel Application

Avalon Hotel Project

Project Description:

The proposed Avalon project is located at 1201/1221 N Main Street in Highway Visitor Commercial zoning. The project proposes the merger of two parcels and development of approximately 46,490 SF of commercial use:  a 65-room hotel (comprised of three 3-story buildings, with maximum height of 35 feet); Restaurant and Bar (both contained in one of the hotel buildings); Event Facility (in separate single-story detached structure); a parking lot for 76 vehicles; and associated infrastructure. 

The project includes restoration activities of wetland and wetland buffers, including the following: invasive plant removal; establishment of appropriate native plants; rip and amend compacted substrate in northern wetland buffer; contouring with handtools to improve hydrology onsite; and monitoring.The project also includes a public access easement through the property, connecting CA Hwy 1 / N Main Street to the multi-use trail referred to as the Haul Road. This trail will be a constructed as a raised boardwalk through wetland buffers with interpretive panels. 

A Coastal Development Permit, Use Permit, Design Review and Parcel Merger are required. The proposed project also requires an environmental evaluation pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Reviewing agencies include: Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo, California Coastal Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks, California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, Caltrans, Fort Bragg Fire Department, and Mendocino County Department of Planning and Building.

An Initial Study (IS) and Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)  was prepared and circulated for public review beginning March 26 to April 27, 2020. During this time the City received written comments and decided to amend the IS/MND to refine language and provide clarification, however the significance of the environmental issue conclusions have not changed. The amended IS/MND has been recirculated for public review beginning July 30 through August 31, 2020. All interested persons are urged to provide written comments. Written comments need to be delivered to the City no later than 5:00pm on August 31, 2020. Email address: smccormick@fortbragg.com or delivered to: Sarah McCormick, City of Fort Bragg,416 N Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

The environmental review for the proposed Avalon Project is in progress. Should the City decide to make changes to the revised and recirculated MND, or schedule a public hearing before the Planning Commission, a notice of Public Hearing and Intent to Adopt will be circulated in compliance with CLUDC Chapter 17.96 and the CEQA Guidelines. Please sign-up to receive electronic notifications using the "Notify Me" subscriber list found on the City's website: "Avalon Hotel" and/or "Current Planning Permits". Thank you.

Revised Avalon IS/MND and Appendices