Ferrini Ranch DEIR Released
Domain Corporation, the developer of the Ferrini Ranch property, submitted its application to the County of Monterey for development of its 870 acres located south of Highway 68 between River Road and San Benancio Road. The application was deemed complete in October 2007 and the environmental review documents were released for public comment in late August 2012. Public comments are due October 22, 2012.
The Ferrini Ranch project consists of 212 residential lots, three open space parcels, a 35 acre winery, and four private roadway parcels. As proposed, the development requires the removal of 921 protected oak trees and building roadways to/within the development on steep hillsides (greater than 30%).
PCL Foundation CEQA Resources To gain access to the site and for permanent access to the development, the developer must use 3-4 acres of public parkland, taken from Toro Regional Park. The County plans to reclassify the entire Ferrini Ranch site with a designation of: Low Density Residential and the applicant proposes amendments to the General Plan.
LandWatch has been actively engaged on this project and continues to provide substantive comments on the project plans. Concerns about the development include lack of water availability and supply, poor planning practices, land conversion, loss of scenic qualities on Highway 68, increased traffic, fiscal demands on the County, and reduced quality of life, among others. LandWatch plans to provide extensive comments on the DEIR and at the same time we encourage the public to provide meaningful input as well.
The Planning and Conservation League Foundation has Resource section of its website to help the public formulate comments and questions on environmental review documents. Learn tips and tricks on how to more effectively comment on an EIR at:
Comments must be received by October 22nd to Monterey County Planner David Mack (MackD@co.monterey.ca.us). This link automatically sends a carbon copy of your comments to the Clerk of the Board (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also submit comments by mail to:
David Mack, Associate Planner
County of Monterey Planning Department
168 West Alisal, 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
After the comments are reviewed the Response to Comments will be issued with the Final EIR, which will be scheduled for certification by the County Board of Supervisors at a later date.