By Deb Murphy

Few details are available on the Kingston Subdivision, the subject of a public hearing at Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting.


The 15-home development is planned for the 2.75-acre parcel now occupied by Bishop Nursery on Home Street. The only specifics available are outlined on the tentative tract map showing a single street, 42-feet wide, running west off Home Street with lots, ranging from 5,100 to 8,300 square feet. The proposed grading and utility plan includes pad sizes of 4,184.3-square feet on each lot. That pad size does not mean the homes will be that size according to Planning Director Gary Schley.

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration, required by the California Environmental Quality Act, is just that, Schley said, “a draft.” “A determination (of no impact) has not been made yet,” he said. The primary mitigation included in the document is a requirement that developer, Bob Kingston of Santa Barbara, apply for a conditional use permit “setting aside right of way and roadway design requirements per Bishop Municipal Code.”

A second public hearing will be held at the City Council’s Aug. 10 meeting with Aug. 15 the deadline for written comments. “We will address all the comments made,” Schley said “and incorporate then, if possible,” in the environmental documents. The City Council will make the final determination.

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