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Seaside Council Rescinds Project Approvals
In a 5-0 vote, the City of Seaside makes it official and takes Monterey Downs off the table completely. The EIR was revoked as well to create a clean slate so that no future developer could use it (knowing that it had been challenged by LandWatch and others). The City is expecting to be repaid the over $100,000 for its costs. (12.01.16)


City Council Considers Rescinding Project Approvals
The developer relayed to the City earlier in the week it did not wish to proceed with the project as approved.  This also meant the developer would not indemnify the City against possible litigation of the project. (11.25.16)

LandWatch ED Pens Op-Ed Against Monterey Downs
After outlining a litany of things, each of which make it nearly impossible for the project to proceed, Mike DeLapa covers the lack of vision and imagination among Seaside officials.  In chasing the “fools gold” of Monterey Downs they are missing other opportunities. (11.12.16)


Parks and Transportation Tax Passed by Voters
Peninsula residents overwhelmingly expressed their support for keeping the parks and wildlands managed by the District adequately funded. Measure E passed with a, more than comfortable, 71% of the vote. While Monterey County residents also passed Measure X by a margin of 67.36%, this measure includes $20 million for a bike and pedestrian trail to be built on the former Fort Ord, and includes other funds to fix potholes. (11.10.16)


Committee Agrees Ranch Cañada Needs Affordable Units
The County’s Housing Advisory Committee agrees with staff that the 130 lot Rancho Cañada project must include 26 very low-income, low-income and moderate-income affordable to meet the County’s affordable housing requirements. After the Planning Commission’s review of the project it goes before the Board of Supervisors. (11.10.16)


Pebble Beach Applicant Listens to Residents Changes Project (page 7 and 19)
Residents concerned about impacts to the existing community asked the Pebble Beach Inclusionary Housing project applicant to turn the project 180 degrees to reduce impacts—and the developer agreed. (11.11.16)
 
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