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Seaside Extends Monterey Downs Agreement
Dozens of people came to oppose the proposed extension of the Monterey Downs Exclusive Negotiating Agreement. The Council voted just after 11 PM to extend it for one year with a 4-1 vote (Campbell opposed). (03.05.15)

Salinas Groundwater Data Released
The highly anticipated groundwater management plan was submitted to the State by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. The agency recently found that billions more water was being pumped from the basin than was being returned. This is important information for decision makers, residents and agricultural interests. (03.04.15)

Harper Canyon/Encina Hills Approved
Yesterday the Board of Supervisors approved in a 3-2 vote the Harper Canyon project. Planning staff are instructed to come back with the formal resolutions at a future meeting. LandWatch has serious concerns about traffic along Highway 68, the already overdrafted water basin and violations of the County's General Plan. Check out the article.(03.04.15)

Settlement Reached in Eco-Resort
Though there may be some other hurdles to clear as it relates to the actual development of the Monterey Bay Shores Eco-Resort... another hurdle, this one legal, was cleared Thursday. A settlement was officially reached before legal proceedings for a foreclosure moved forward. (02-19-15)

Fort Ord Trails Plan
About 1,200 people provided input on the Fort Ord Trails Plan and now the consultants will crunch the numbers. Some of the highlights include walkable streets, access to trails, urban-style streets with transit, and business fronts facing the street. Stay tuned as the consultants work with the input to come up with a plan. (02.12.15)

Landwatch Submits Letter on Evaluation System
LandWatch Monterey County sent a letter to the County with preliminary comments on the proposed Development Evaluation System, which will fulfill GPU 2010 Land Use policy 1.19. The comments outline concerns with inappropriate agricultural exemptions and provisions, as well as specific criteria comments. (02.10.14)

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