South County Issues & Actions

The unique beauty and productivity of South Monterey County is under significant pressure. Rapid growth in San Luis Obispo County is creating a demand for large lot residential development not only there, but in Monterey County, too. The conversion of South County ranches and grazing lands to residential development will undermine the long-term viability of ranching and grazing in Monterey County. Such development will place the beauty and splendor of its valleys and mountain ranges at risk. LandWatch is urging the Board of Supervisors to develop and implement a strong, positive approach to South Monterey County planning issues. To do nothing is to make a choice for more ranchette and residential sprawl, in one of the most isolated and beautiful parts of beautiful Monterey County.

Current Projects in the South County:


Archived Projects in the South County:

Gallo Vineyards

Gallo Vineyards is proposing to construct a 350 acre-foot irrigation reservoir, grade over 900,000 cubic yards of earth, remove 320+ oak trees, and create new vineyards on slopes in excess of 15%.

Project Proposed: 2004
LW Position: Requested Additional Environmental Review
Status: Permits Granted

Navy Bombing Practice

The U.S. Navy proposed to utilize a military range at Fort Hunter Liggett, in Monterey County, California, as a location for Navy pilots to carry out aerial bombing practice.

Project Proposed: 2001
LW Position: Opposed
Status: Proposal Withdrawn

South County Parcelization

The County Board of Supervisors considered the parcelization of areas in the South County and the encroachment of residential units on the areas zoned for permanent grazing.

Project Proposed: 2000
LW Position: Opposed
Status: Unknown

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