Carmel Valley Issues & Actions:
Carmel Rio Road LLC (Val Verde)
The Carmel Rio Road LLC (Val Verde) Subdivision project proposed 42-unit subdivision on 7.92 acres with access from a private road.
LandWatch Position: Opposes the Project
Project Status: Appeal Denied by Supervisors
The project applicant is Carmel Rio Road LLC.
The original project proposed a 42 unit subdivision and the revised project reduced the density to 31 units.
Monterey County is the lead agency.
The County Planning Commission denied the project in November 2011.
The County Board of Supervisors denied the applicant’s appeal in May 2012.
- The Planning Commission voted to deny the project in May 2017.
- The Board of Supervisors voted to deny the appeal of the project in September 2017.
- The project is governed by the policies of the 2010 Monterey County General Plan.
- The project has been denied due to lack of consistency with the County General Plan.
Resources At Risk
- Lack of Long-term Water Supply
The project does not have proof of access, a demonstrated long term sustainable water supply, or water reclamation or conservation components required by General Plan Policy CV-5.4.
- Lack of Consistency with the General Plan
Ordinance No. 5171 established a process for determining General Plan consistency. If county staff finds that a proposed project is inconsistent with the General Plan, the applicant has the opportunity to revise their proposal to attain consistency. Failure to submit a revised project within the allotted time would result in the application being denied.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
- Letter: LandWatch comments on the DEIR for Carmel Rio Road subdivision (aka Val Verde project) (173K PF file)
LandWatch's review of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the Carmel Rio Road LLC (Val Verde) Subdivision Project confirms the project would violate a variety policies in the Carmel Valley Master Plan and 2010 County General Plan, including those related to housing, air quality, aesthetics, hydrology and water quality, and traffic and circulation. Monterey County also neglected to evaluation the project with a Development Evaluation System, "a systematic, consistent, predictable, and quantitative method for decision-makers to evaluate developments," which its 2010 General Plan required be adopted by October 26, 2011. (05.01.17)
- Letter: Supporting Staff Recommendation to Deny Project (89K PDF file)
LandWatch Monterey County supports staff’s finding that the Combined Development Permit application is inconsistent with the 2010 General Plan. We urge the Commission to uphold staff’s recommendation and find the Val Verde Subdivision inconsistent with the 2010 General Plan. (11.08.11)
Supervisors Again Deny Project
Five years ago a 42 unit project was denied by the Board of Supervisors. A new 31 unit project was denied by the Supervisors after an appeal from the Planning Commission’s vote. It doesn’t meet the affordable housing requirements for the area. (09.12.17)
Residents Oppose Reduced Unit Project
Carmel Valley residents opposed the new 31 unit version of the Val Verde project as it was heard by the Monterey County Planning Commission. The Commission voted to deny the project. (06.22.17)