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Fort Ord Monument Annual Report Available (2.8M PDF file)
The Bureau of Land Management released its first annual report for fiscal year 2013-2014. It was the first full year as a National Monument. The report indicates the National Monument had a stellar first year and completed several key activities through teamwork and cooperation. 07.24.14

Del Rey Oaks Land Deal Approved
A developer, Monterey Peninsula Properties, plans to build 500 houses, a solar farm, assisted living community and more on about 360 acres of land. The Del Rey Oaks City Council has reached an agreement to sell 70 acres of Fort Ord land for $3 million, part of which would be used for this development. 07.21.14

LandWatch Launches Online Fundraiser
With the recirculation of the Ferrini Ranch Environmental Impact Report, LandWatch is gearing up to provide substantive feedback, actively participate in the process and fight this project. Donate to ensure your quality of life is maintained. (07.08.14)

Coastal Commission Caves on Project
The developer of the Monterey Bay Shores project was required to get the Habitat Protection Plan approved by the Commission’s Executive Director. Now the staff is issuing the Coastal Development Permit without the Plan’s review/approval. (07.08.14)

County Releases Ferrini Ranch Draft EIR
Monterey County just released is Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Ferrini Ranch project. The Report specifically updated the Air Quality, Biological Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Alternatives section.

Central Coast Heritage Act Awaits Approval
The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act would protect a total of 245,665 acres throughout the entire Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument, which spans three counties. Congress must act soon to get this bill to President Obama for signature. LandWatch supports this legislation.

Monterey Sustainable Community Planning Document
The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments unanimously approved its "sustainable communities strategy" in June. The document's goal is to get more people living near where they work -- and therefore reduce the number of cars on the roads. (06.26.14)

Water Allocations Frustrates Developer
It appears the developer of the proposed Monterey Downs project is upset that the Fort Ord Reuse Authority is taking its time to figure out water allocations. (06.19.14)

Debate Over Infill or Industry in Salinas
Advocates relayed concern over the City’s Economic Development Plan, which threatens the agriculture in the City by replacing it with industrial complexes. The City Council unanimously approved the Plan on June 17. Next steps include evaluating costs, impacts and updates to the General Plan. (06.19.14)
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