Monterey Peninsula Issues & Actions:
North Fremont Specific Plan
The North Fremont Specific Plan serves as a guide for future development along North Fremont Street, an area identified by the General Plan as a “Mixed-Use Village”, which is a mix of residences, retail shops, services and jobs in close proximity. These areas are designed to be
well served by transit.
LandWatch Position: Provided Comments
Project Status: Approved
The project consists of approximately 47.7 acres encompassing both sides of the 0.87 mile North Fremont Street from the eastern City Limits west to State Highway 1.
The City of Monterey is the lead agency.
The Mitigated Negative Declaration was released in October 2013. (3.8M PDF file)
The latest revision to the North Fremont Specific Plan was released in November 2013. (3.8M PDF file)
The 2000 version of the North Fremont Specific Plan was released in September 2000. (4.2M PDF file)
Project Location Map
This map shows the Specific Plan Map in relation to the City of Monterey.
Full size map (827K PDF file)
Resources At Risk
Lack of Available Water
The MND states, “The General Plan and General Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) assumes a development potential of l30 residential units in the Planning Area. The North Fremont Specific Plan build-out does not assume that a new water source is available for future development with the Planning Area...” (Introduction, p. 2). This is due to the lack of available water, requiring a conservative buildout projection for the specific plan. (Initial Study, p. 37) There are two different residential unit numbers (130 units and 260 units) both of which appear to be constrained by lack of water.
Residential Projects Consistency with Specific Plans
CEQA Guidelines exempt residential projects consistent with a specific plan from future environmental review under specific circumstances (CEQA Guidelines, Sec. 15182). While the Initial Study indicates the specific plan will be updated when water becomes available, it should also identify that the specific plan as proposed is for 130 units, and that water availability allowing for more than 130 units will trigger an update to the specific plan.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
Letter: Comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration (94K PDF file)
LandWatch commented on the environmental review. The letter focused on the project description, consistency with the specific plan, and air quality. (11.12.13)