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LandWatch Board Supports Transportation Measure
LandWatch now lends its support to the Transportation Agency of Monterey County for its upcoming ballot measure.  Through a 3/8 cent sales tax local transportation projects will be completed and improve the local infrastructure. (05.16.16)

Affordable Housing Project Gets Award
The Tanimura and Antle Farmworker Housing project was honored for its "Spreckels Crossing" project by the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. LandWatch supported this project as it brings much needed affordable units to the region. (05.01.16)

Pebble Beach Hearing Postponed
The Monterey County Planning Commission has postponed the public hearing on the Inclusionary Housing project. It is anticipated that a late May or early June hearing may occur. Details will be provided when the date is confirmed. (05.09.16)

Ferrini Ranch Trial Set
LandWatch filed suit on the proposed Ferrini Ranch project in January 2015.  The briefs are completed and the trial is set for September 6, 2016.  It will be heard by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills. (04.11.16)

City Manifest Reveals FEIR Release Information
According to the City’s March 18th Manifest Seaside planners expect the Final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Monterey Downs project to be completed and released for public review in April.(03.29.16)

City of Monterey Approves Housing Element
More than three hours of testimony and discussion, the City of Monterey adopted its 2015 Housing Element. Concerns about affordable housing options were voiced and the City agreed to further address those issues with future policies in the next sixth months. Some feel this is a step in the right direction, while others feel it won't do much to solve the problem. (03.24.16)

Pebble Beach Inclusionary Housing EIR Released
The Final EIR for the Pebble Beach Inclusionary Housing project heads to the Planning Commission. Eighty percent of the site will be permanent open space and the remainder will become a 24-unit townhome complex. LandWatch supported this project because of its inclusionary housing feature. (03.09.16)

LandWatch Submits Comments on LandSwap (215K PDF file)
The removal of development restrictions against residential homes in the Parker Flats area is premature and questionable.  Consistency can be judged only if the land-use designation maps and the summaries of allowable development by planning area are provided and are adequately detailed. Neither FORA nor the County has clarified the matter. (02.26.16)

Salinas Valley Basin Water will be returned to Basin
This week Cal-Am, the Salinas Valley Water Coalition, the Monterey County Farm Bureau, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, Castroville Community Service District, and LandWatch reached a draft agreement on a term sheet whereby the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin water pumped by the desalination plant's source wells would be returned to water users in the Basin to be used in lieu of existing pumping. (01.15.16)

LandWatch Comments on Economic Plan NOP
The City of Salinas released its Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the draft environmental impact report for the City's proposed Economic Development Plan. The City's stated goal for economic development is to support the region's incredible agriculture sector, however in reality the plan would destroy some critical ag lands surrounding the City. LandWatch believes the City should assess existing vacant, blighted parcels within city limits before annexing more land. (11.30.15)

Canine Sports Center Denied by Board
In an unprecedented move the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to deny the Canine Sports Center. LandWatch wants to congratulate the Friends of Quail and the Carmel Valley Association for their commitment to overturning this poorly planned project. (10.27.15)

LandWatch Priorities
Ferrini Ranch Lawsuit
Harper Canyon Lawsuit
Monterey Downs Project Review
County General Plan Settlement
Pebble Beach Project Comments

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