LandWatch Wants A Prompt Decision on The GPU
May 13, 2003
Monterey County Board of Supervisors
240 Church Street
Salinas, CA 93901
RE: Schedule and Process General Plan Update
Dear Members of the Board of Supervisors:
Despite what people may have read in the papers, the General Plan Update schedule you adopted last week will make it virtually impossible to complete the GPU this year. Thats regrettable.
The agenda materials before you on May 6th contained several alternative timelines. They specifically said you could meet a December 16, 2003 deadline for GPU completion only if you followed Alternative #1, and directed preparation of an EIR and the circulation of the second draft" General Plan Update on or before May 20, 2003.
While you began" your motion with a reference to Alternative #1, you did not, in fact, adopt that recommendation. Instead, you added to that schedule a motion to hold multiple workshops to review and/or redo what you spent four months doing at the end of last year. The last such workshop is scheduled for June 24th. June 24th is more than a month after the May 20th date by which you need to put the second draft" GPU document out for public comment, to meet the December deadline.
The Salinas Californian complimented you last Saturday on setting a deadline," with no delays and no extensions." Its nice to get good press," even if its based on a misunderstanding. What counts, however, isnt what you said," its what you did." More accurately, what counts is what you do." May 20th is next week. Therefore, your Board can still actually do" what you said" you were going to do. And LandWatch hopes you will.
Next week, when this matter comes back before the Board, LandWatch urges you to set a deadline for completion of the GPU this year, and take the actions needed to meet that deadline. You should also spell out the GPU schedule with specificity, so everyone knows what you actually plan to do. Thank you for taking this suggestion into account, as you take further action on the General Plan Update process next week.
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