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Ferrini Ranch Lawsuit Update
LandWatch’s attorney’s filed the brief for the Ferrini Ranch lawsuit on September 24.  The County and developer filed their briefs in mid-January.  Our reply brief is due in March and we anticipate a hearing in April or May with a decision in June or July.  Thank you to all of our friends who rallied support for this legal challenge. (01.25.16)


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)


Ag vs. Houses – Salinas Plan Picks Houses
Salinas is city amidst the farmlands. The City's economic development plan outlines conversion of prime ag lands (15,000 acres to be exact) to houses. Our very own Amy White commented that prime ag lands should be the very LAST resort. (12.03.15)


New Seaside City Manager Reviews Monterey Downs
The City of Seaside has hired a new City Manager--Craig Malin. He's from Davenport, Iowa and one of his first tasks will be to meet new people and review city plans. He'll likely be reviewing the Monterey Downs project. (11.26.15)


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)


Farmworker Housing Approved
The Board of Supervisors reaffirmed the project approval for the T&A farmworker housing near Spreckels. The developer was praised for using his own money, land and resources to get the project completed. LandWatch worked to ensure a positive outcome, provided feedback on the environmental documents, and recognizes the need for affordable units for agricultural workers. A second article can be found on the Herald’s website. (09.01.15)
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Ferrini Ranch Lawsuit
Harper Canyon Lawsuit
Monterey Downs Project Review
County General Plan Settlement
Pebble Beach Project Comments

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