Current Planning Projects

Projects of Interest:

For a direct link to Planning Commission Agendas and Minutes, click here.

1290 Embarcadero - Vistra Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) #CDP20-026/CUP20-14

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In an effort to provide more information regarding the proposed Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project, Vistra has created a website for their project that includes project information and frequently asked questions (FAQs). You can visit their website at Note, this is not a City-maintained website. Information included is provided by Vistra.

Community Survey Now Available! 

New! The City is seeking community feedback as part of the development of a Master Plan for the 95-acre Morro Bay Power Plant property via an online survey here.  The Master Plan will establish a vision and plan for growth and development of the Power Plant site and surrounding area. The survey focuses on land use preferences, circulation improvements, and design amenities.

We want to hear from you. We invite all community members to complete and submit survey responses by Friday, February 17, 2023.  For staff questions, contact Cindy Jacinth, Senior Planner at

Prior BESS meetings and notices:

Vistra representatives held a Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 16th at the Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way from 530pm -730pm.  The purpose of the meeting was to share information and answer questions about the proposed Battery Energy Storage System project at 1290 Embarcadero.  Note, this is not a City-sponsored event. To view the Vistra flyer announcing this meeting, please click here.
Master Plan Community Workshop A community workshop was held Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the Veteran's Memorial Building at 209 Surf Street from 6-830pm for the Morro Bay Power Plant Master Plan workshop.  The workshop was an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to share input on the future of this property.  More information including a brief agenda is available here.  The presentation used at the workshop is here. Next steps include the preparation of a community survey with details to be posted to the City website once developed and ready for release. Thank you to all who came to the workshop!
EIR Scoping Meetings: Two scoping meetings were held for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on June 21, 2022 and June 29, 2022. The Powerpoint presentation for the two EIR Scoping meetings is available here. The same presentation was given for both meetings. The purpose of the meetings was to allow for any interested persons to supply input on issues to be discussed in the EIR.
Notice of Preparation: The City has released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Project Environmental Impact Report. The NOP has been prepared to notify agencies and interested parties that the City as Lead Agency is preparing a Project EIR pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed 600-megawatt (MW) Morro Bay Battery Energy Storage System Project. The NOP also includes the Project Description and date of the Scoping Meeting.  

BESS Project Information:

BESS Technical Studies:

Other Projects of Interest: 

2440 Laurel Avenue - Coastal Development Permit plans for demo/reconstruct of a single family home (CDP22-025)

1210 Embarcadero - Maritime Museum

3300 Panorama - Vesting Tentative Tract No. 3190 (Subdivision project)

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Coral Avenue Subdivision Project

2460 Main - Proposed Supportive Housing Use

3300 Panorama - MAJ19-005 (Siding replacement/site assessment)

Tank Demolition - 3300 Panorama Drive #CP0-500 & UP0-440

Panorama Supporting Documentation for 06-19-18 Planning Commission Meeting 

Older Planning Commission Staff Reports for 3300 Panorama:

Previous Panorama Project Environmental Documents/ Supporting Information:

 Arborist Reports:

 Noise Study:

 Plan Exhibits:

 Public Comments Letters Received:

 Public Agency Comments: