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Fort Ord Area Issues & Actions

The future of land use planning in Monterey County should revolve around the creative reuse and redevelopment of the former Fort Ord. The fact that these federally-owned lands are being turned over to local control, and to public ownership, gives local communities an unprecedented opportunity to do creative planning, and to provide truly affordable housing. Unfortunately, the opportunities on Fort Ord have not yet been realized, and could be lost!

Current Projects in the Fort Ord Area:

City of Seaside General Plan Update

The City of Seaside is undergoing a comprehensive General Plan update where the vision for the community will be established and new policies written for how the community grows.

LW Position: Actively Engaged
Project Status: Seeking Community Input


City of Seaside Housing Element

The City of Seaside is updating its General Plan Housing Element and lacks strong affordable housing policies.

Project Proposed: 2003
LW Position:
Supports Stronger Language
Status:
Approved


Fort Ord General Issues

The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) Board is charged with preparing, adopting, financing, and implementing a plan for the Former Fort Ord. There are numerous studies, plans, and programs that must be reviewed.

LW Position: Varies by Topic
Status: Varies by Topic


Fort Ord Reuse Authority

The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) Board is charged with preparing, adopting, financing, and implementing a plan for the Former Fort Ord. There are numerous studies, plans, and programs that must be reviewed.

Project Proposed: 1993
LW Position: Varies by Topic
Status: Ongoing


Marina Coast Water District

Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) is proposing to annex the entire Fort Ord area. The project would amend MCWD’s Sphere of Influence and expand its Service Area to include all of the former Fort Ord including lands within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army.

Project Proposed: 2011
LW Position: Filed a Lawsuit
Status: Proposed Increased Pumping

Archived Projects in the Fort Ord Area:

American Youth Hostel Water Agreement

The Youth Hostel project would be completed over 10 years and includes the renovation of three buildings and relocation of another.

Project Proposed: 2013
LW Position: Supports the Agreement
Status: Approved by Planning Commission


City of Seaside General Plan Update

The City of Seaside is undergoing a comprehensive General Plan update where the vision for the community will be established and new policies written for how the community grows.

LW Position: Actively Engaged
Project Status: Seeking Community Input


City of Seaside Housing Element

The City of Seaside is updating its General Plan Housing Element and lacks strong affordable housing policies.

Project Proposed: 2003
LW Position:
Supports Stronger Language
Status:
Approved


Cypress Marina Heights

The proposed Marina Heights development in Marina would result in the demolition of 828 existing housing units and would replace them with 1,050 new houses.

Project Proposed: 2002
LW Position: Opposed the Project
Status:
Approved


MST / Whispering Oaks

Monterey Salinas Transit in partnership with the Redevelopment Agency proposed to build a 58-acre heavy commercial development. MST would occupy 25 acres on Parcel I where it expects to build its three-story administration building, a two-story bus repair facility, and 15 acres of lighted parking for its bus fleet.

Project Proposed: 2009
LW Position:
Opposed Project
Status:
Project Approvals Rescinded, Now Open Space


Measure M Initiative

The Fort Ord Access Alliance was formed in an effort to preserve 540 beautiful acres from development on the former Fort Ord and Alliance volunteers successfully qualified (Measure M) for the November 2013 ballot.

Project Proposed: 2013
LW Position: Endorses the Measure
Status: The Measure Failed to Get Enough Votes


Marina Downtown Project

At buildout, the Marina Downtown Vitalization Specific Plan would allow 380,150 new square feet of multiple use, office/research, retail service, and public facilities. It would also permit 2,400 new dwelling units with over 90% of them multi-family residential.

Project Proposed: 2009
LW Position: Approvals Rescinded
Status: Awaiting Draft EIR


Marina General Plan and Measure E

Measure E will focus new growth into the existing Marina City limits via an urban growth boundary, including lands of the former Fort Ord. At the same time the City is updating its General Plan.

Project Proposed: 2000
LW Position: Opposes the Project
Status: General Plan Adopted, Measure E Passed


Marina Station (Armstrong Ranch)

Marina Station includes 1,360 homes, located on 320 acres of the Armstrong Ranch, within the city limits of Marina is the best large-scale development ever proposed in Monterey County.

Project Proposed: 2005
LW Position: Supports the Project
Status: Approved


Monterey Downs

The Monterey Downs proposal includes the construction of a horse training facility, horse track, sports arena, commercial center, multiple hotels, and an office park.

Project Proposed: 2012
LW Position: Collecting Signatures for a Referendum
Status: Approved


Seaside Highlands Lawsuit

The lawsuit (Kaatz v. City of Seaside et al.) claims that the City of Seaside failed to follow legal requirements, and failed to obtain adequate compensation for the land that Seaside sold to the developers.

Lawsuit Initiated: 2003
LW Position:
Supports Litigation
Status:
Unknown


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