unit project, in spite of ….
unit project, in spite of the city planning department’s recommendation to approve.
Since then, Oakmont Senior Living (no relation to Sonoma Valley’s Oakmont), has tried several times to revive the project in one form or another, finally bringing the current 664-unit continuing care retirement community proposal to the table in 2017.
According to Schilpp, the major objection to developing the Elnoka property is the location a quarter mile from Highway 12 and Melita Road.
OSL and OVA signed a letter of agreement in 2012 that sets out minimum standards to secure Oakmont’s support of the project, including restricting it to seniors 55 years old and over and reducing the number of building units from 676 to 619.
Once the DEIR is released, “We will have 40 days to digest and comment,” said Schilpp. “If there are no problems, the project and the EIR go to the Planning Commission. If they approve, we can file an appeal if necessary,” he said, adding that the process could take many months.
The 68-acre site is named after the first two letters of the names of the original owner’s three daughters, Elenore, Noreen, and Katie, who lived on the property. Gallagher purchased it in 2005 from a Japanese retirement consortium.