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 

(Note: The BESS project is still currently under review and no action has been taken yet.)

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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. The information included is provided by Vistra.

The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project is still within the environmental review and analysis phase.  Updates will be posted here as they become available with project information noted below. For staff questions, contact Cindy Jacinth, Planning Manager at

Power Plant Master Plan  

The Master Plan for the Morro Bay Power Plant property started in 2022 as a result of the General Plan/ Local Coastal Plan policy LU 5-4 which requires the development of a master plan as a result of the planning permit application received for the Battery Energy Storage System Project.  The goal of the Master Plan is to establish a vision and plan for the growth and development of the Power Plant site and surrounding area. The first community workshop was held on September 14, 2022, to seek input and feedback. 

Master Plan Community Survey Results

A community survey for the Power Plant Master Plan was open between January and February 2023. Results from that survey are provided below. The survey questions focused on seeking the community's land use preferences, circulation improvements, and design amenities for the overall 107-acre property.

Prior (2022) BESS meetings and notices:

Vistra representatives held a Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 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. 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: (Information presented on this page is part of the project application materials. The project is still under review and no action has been taken yet.)

Environmental or other supplemental and technical studies/reports/information (2022-2023):

BESS Technical Studies (received 2021):

Other Projects of Interest: 

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

On November 7, 2023, the Planning Commission will do a conceptual review of the 3300 Panorama project, a proposed 48-lot planned unit development subdivision.

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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: