Major Development Projects

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Sunset Area Projects 2017

The Village Student Housing Project

A proposed 240-unit, 800-bed new student housing development in the Sunset Neighborhood on St. Louis Road.  

Current Status:  

The Planning Commission has held a series of public hearings, beginning on November 28, 2017. On May 8, 2018, the Planning Commission made a recommendation of approval of the final EIR to the City Council. Action on the other aspects of the project failed due to a tie vote. The project is tentatively scheduled for its first hearing at the City Council on June 6 in the City Council Chambers.

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

Appendices A - P of the EIR:

A - Notice of Preparation
B - Scoping Meeting Memo
C - Operations & Management Plan
D - Industrial Market Analysis
E - Cultural Resources (Confidential)
F - View Shed Analysis
G - CalEEMod Air Emission Model Results
H - Exterior Noise Analysis
I - Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
J - Phase II Investigation Report
K - Water & Wastewater Impacts
L - Central Arcata Areawide Traffic Study
M - Geotechnical Investigation
N - Preliminary Stormwater Report
O - 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 N
Existing Sunset On-ramp
Existing Maple Lane
Figure 2.6P_101 N - Existing SM
Figure 2.6R_Sunset N On-Ramp - Existing SM
Figure 2.6T_Maple Lane - Existing SM
Proposed Highway 101 N
Proposed Sunset On-ramp 
Proposed Maple Lane
Figure 2.6Q_101 N - Proposed SM
Figure 2.6S_Sunset N On-Ramp - Proposed SM
Figure 2.6U_Maple Lane - Proposed SM
Shadow Analysis 12-18-17
Process Information Exhibit 12-18-17

Shadow Analysis Exhibit Small
Process Exhibit Small

Sunset Terrace

A complex of 142 one-bedroom units.

Current Status:  Under construction!

Sunset Terrace under Construction 10-2017

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:  

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.