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County To Hold Important General Plan Meetings

County of Monterey Will Hold General Plan Workshops in February

Monterey County is in the process of updating its General Plan. In February, the County will be holding three General Plan workshops, as follows:

Soledad
Tuesday, February 6, 2001 · 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Soledad High School Mission Room
425 Gabilan Drive, Soledad, CA

Seaside
Thursday, February 15, 2001· 6:30 - 9:30 pm
California State University Monterey Bay
University Center Ballroom
29 Sixth Avenue, Seaside, CA

Castroville
Wednesday, February 21, 2001 · 6:30 - 9:30 pm
North Monterey County High School
13990 Castroville Boulevard, Castroville, CA

The County wants to hear about what is most important to you. How would you prioritize the issues and concerns that need to be resolved?

LandWatch encourages you to attend one or more of the workshops, and if you do, we hope you will tell the County's planning staff that you think the General Plan should:

  1. Encourage the efficient use of land and the conservation of valuable natural resources through the designation of urban growth boundaries.

  2. Improve the economic vitality of our local communities by directing new growth within urban growth boundaries and away from open space and productive farmlands.

  3. Ensure social and economic opportunities through the integration of affordable housing within mixed-income neighborhoods.

  4. Require that adequate public facilities and services, including police, fire, schools, parks, transportation facilities, and reliable water supplies, be in place prior to, or concurrently with, new development.

  5. Improve the regulatory system by making it more effective, efficient and accountable, providing increased certainty for developers, landowners and the public, and eliminating unnecessary regulations and delay.

This is the LandWatch "Five Point Program" for land use reform. LandWatch thinks that these basic principles should be the foundation for each General Plan adopted in Monterey County. If you agree, please let Monterey County know!

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 759-2824