New Development at Walnut Residences Still Needs More Work

Walnut Residences Still Needs More Work


To quote baseball legend Yogi Berra, "It ain't over till it's over"...

and based on the latest meeting, it's not over for the proposed Walnut Residences project.


During the City Council Study Session on November 17, Carmel Partners presented yet another proposal for the Walnut Residences project at Walnut and Guardino. They decreased the number of units to 670 for a density of 53.1 dwelling units per acre, lowered the building heights to a mix of 3 and 4 stories, and increased the parking to a total of

1.7 spaces per unit for both residents and guests. Although the development team from Carmel Partners was pleased with their own efforts, others were not.


The most common comments from the audience were that the project needs even further reduction in the number of units, the building heights need to be no greater than 3 stories to fit with the surrounding neighborhood, and the number of parking spaces per unit needs to be increased. Several councilmembers noted that they were encouraged by the progress, but felt the project still needs more work, especially more parking.


We believe the developer isn't going to make any further significant changes unless residents push more. The city staff and the development team will be working during the upcoming holidays to prepare a final proposal, and residents need to reinforce their viewpoints with additional emails.


For more details about the latest proposal see


To express your comments and concerns, contact Bill Roth, City Planner at


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