Land Use And The General Plan
This important publication is a LandWatch "Best Policies" Guidebook. It outlines a set of recommended General Plan policies to address key planning issues, including affordable housing, the preservation of agricultural land, property rights, natural resource protection, water, permit process reform, and transportation and transit. This Guidebook was made possible by a generous grant from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation. A summary of the Guidebook is available as a PowerPoint slideshow, HTML file, and a PDF file.
If you'd like to receive a copy of the full guidebook, "Land Use and the General Plan" (and we hope you will), please download a version below (high resolution version or low resolution version). You may also contact our office to request a paper copy.
"Room Enough" Report
The "Room Enough" reports documents an exhaustive and rigorous analysis of developable land in Monterey County. Land Systems Group, consultants to LandWatch, have demonstrated that there is no need to expand development onto rural and agricultural lands, in order to meet projected housing needs.
State of the County
The LandWatch State of Monterey County report has been acknowledged as a definitive statement about land use policy and current development in Monterey County. The State of Monterey County report gives "grades" to Monterey County local governments, as a way of letting the public know how well they're doing. It provides an accurate numerical report on approved and pending development projects.
State Of the County 1999
State of the County 1998
- Roundabouts Needed in Monterey-Salinas
This OpEd by Matthew Sundt outlines why roundabouts are a better solution for our intersections than the standard signalized (or non-signalized) intersections. Statistics show they reduce fatal impacts by 90%. (06.10.17)
- Ferrini Ranch, CEQA, and the denial of reality
LandWatch pens this OpEd outlining significant concerns with the County's approval of the Ferrini Ranch project. Not only did the county not follow its own General Plan, but it also failed to comply with state environmental laws as well. LandWatch filed a lawsuit on the project approvals. (01.04.17)
- Beyond Monterey Downs: Bringing jobs to Seaside
Mike De Lapa writes about the remarkable and unprecedented challenges facing the Monterey Downs project, proposed in the City of Seaside. Numerous issues may mean the project never gets built, but it is high time the City actually followed the community's vision. (11.19.16)
In this section we will be presenting articles that reflect on the philosophies of land use and our relationship with the land.
Too High or Too Low
by Barny Brantingham of the Santa Barbara Coastline Newspaper
LandWatch Monterey County Needs You
by Mike DeLapa
Overview And Accomplishments of The Oregon And Metro Portland Planning Programs
Prepared by Robert Liberty, Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon
The Next 25 Years
Remarks By Robert Liberty
Beyond Sprawl: New Patterns of Growth to Fit the New California
by Bank America
Takings: Legislation Versus the Judeo-Christian Land Ethic
by Ann Alexander, Fred Clark, Fred Krueger, and Stan LeQuire
The Moral Foundations of Metropolitan Regional Planning
by Robert Liberty
A Biblical Perspective on Land Stewardship
by Eugene Loh, Ph.D.
Bug In A Bottle
A little “parable" by Peter Scott
- Quotes on the Land
In this section we present brief quotations that can help us reflect upon our relationship with the land.
LandWatch is pleased to add YouTube videos to its website. Visitors can view the video on the website or view it on YouTube.
For 15 years (2001-2016) LandWatch founding executive director Gary Patton presented a Monterey County land use report on local radio station KUSP 5 days a week. These short news broadcasts informed the public on the land use issues around the county. These transcripts of his broadcasts are very interesting historical look at land use issues in the county.