Major Development Projects

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Sunset Area Projects 2017

1.  The Village Student Housing Project

Dear Interested Party,

The Village Student Housing Project was denied at the August 29, 2018, continued hearing by a split vote of two for and two abstaining and one absence. The project review spanned several months and involved multiple public hearings. We received hundreds of letters and tens of hours of public testimony on the project, and many of you were there at every single meeting. While each of you may have a different reaction to the outcome, I want to thank you for your participation in this lengthy process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or by phone at 707-825-2045.


David Loya, Community Development Director

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View a PDF of the Staff Presentation made at June 6 City Council meeting.

Download the PowerPoint Staff Presentation.

See a Before and After Photo Simulation of 2nd and 3rd Story Views

The Village Revised Plans - 06-06-18

Architectural Site Plan

Two-Story Elevation A

Two-Story Elevation B

The Village Units

The Village Units - Combined

Shadow Study

The Village Landscape Plan

E-Urban Elevation

Shadow Study

An Updated Final Environmental Impact Report, dated May 10, 2018, can be viewed here.

Appendices A - P of the EIR:

A - Notice of PreparationB - Scoping Meeting MemoC - Operations & Management Plan
D - Industrial Market AnalysisE - Cultural Resources (Confidential)F - View Shed Analysis
G - CalEEMod Air Emission Model ResultsH - Exterior Noise AnalysisI - Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
J - Phase II Investigation ReportK - Water & Wastewater ImpactsL - Central Arcata Areawide Traffic Study
M - Geotechnical InvestigationN - Preliminary Stormwater ReportO - Biological Review
P - Wetland Delineation

The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), dated April 6, 2018, can be viewed here.

A hard copy of the Updated Final EIR can also be found in these locations:

  • City Hall, Community Development Department
  • Arcata City Library
  • Humboldt State University Library

Other Available Documents

Revised 12-18-17

Before and After Photo Simulation

Process Exhibit

Shadow Analysis Exhibit

Story poles are up (click if you want information about what story poles are).

Photo Simulations - Click Images for Larger Views  (Excerpts from the Draft EIR Chapter 2.6 Aesthetics)

Existing Highway 101 NExisting Sunset On-rampExisting Maple Lane
Figure 2.6P_101 N - Existing SMFigure 2.6R_Sunset N On-Ramp - Existing SMFigure 2.6T_Maple Lane - Existing SM
Proposed Highway 101 NProposed Sunset On-ramp Proposed Maple Lane
Figure 2.6Q_101 N - Proposed SMFigure 2.6S_Sunset N On-Ramp - Proposed SMFigure 2.6U_Maple Lane - Proposed SM
Shadow Analysis 12-18-17Process Information Exhibit 12-18-17
Shadow Analysis Exhibit SmallProcess Exhibit Small

2.  Sunset Terrace

A complex of 142 one-bedroom units.

View the environmental document Initial Study & Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration which was amended and adopted by the Planning Commission on June 28, 2016.

Current Status:  Under construction!

Sunset Terrace under Construction 10-2017

3.  Lower Twin Parks

View environmental documents:

Initial Study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration dated June 17, 2015

State Clearinghouse CEQA Compliance Letter SCH#2015062048, dated July 20, 2015.

Notice of Determination, filed July 25, 2015

4.  Canyon Creek Apartments

A proposed 89-unit multi-family complex on Todd Court, adjacent to Larson Park.

Current Status:  In process; hearing not yet scheduled.

Available Documents:  

5.  Creekside Homes

A proposed residential subdivision and assisted living facility on the West end of Foster Avenue (Foster and Q Street on the North side of the large vacant lot).  

Current Status:  In process; hearing not yet scheduled.

Available Documents:  

Important City-Wide Documents

Traffic Study

The Traffic Study document is an important part of California Environmental Quality Act reviews.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Memo

This analysis in this memo demonstrates that developments currently in process are within the capacity of the current wastewater treatment plant; however, the plant will require upgrades in the reasonably near future.