Joint Letter Provides Roadmap For GPU Comments
Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough + North County Citizens Oversight Coalition + League of Women Voters of the Monterey Peninsula + Ventana Chapter, Sierra Club + Carmel Valley Association + National Audubon-California + LandWatch Monterey County + Monterey Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society
June 18, 2002
Monterey County Planning Commission
Salinas, CA 93902
RE: 21st Century Monterey County General Plan Update (GPU)
Dear Chairperson Parsons and Members of the Commission:
The Planning Commission will soon be making specific recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the Draft 21st Century Monterey County General Plan Update. We urge your Commission strongly to recommend a plan to the Board that completely complies with and carries out the twelve guiding objectives adopted by both the Commission and the Board of Supervisors last year. These twelve guiding objectives are found on pages I-5 and I-6 of the Draft GPU. They call for the new County General Plan to:
- Direct new growth into areas already committed to an urban level of development, and strongly to discourage new subdivisions in rural areas.
encourage new commercial, industrial and residential development
to provide actual, new, permanently affordable living quarters.
preserve and support agriculture and the industries that support
it (which is different from supporting the desire of large agricultural
landowners to be able to develop their land for non-agricultural
purposes, so as to be able to realize maximum profit from the
development of such agricultural land).
adequate infrastructure and public services for existing residents
and businesses, and ensure that infrastructure and public services
are available, fully funded and constructed concurrently with
strong protections for the natural resources of Monterey County.
- Provide the policy foundation for a permit process that will provide greater certainty to project applicants and the public alike, and that will simplify the review of projects that are consistent with the General Plan.
These policies are the "heart and soul" of the GPU. By and large, the draft document you are considering achieves these purposes. While changes in the draft GPU will certainly be necessary, we believe that there is no good reason to make changes that would contradict or undermine the basic objectives outlined above.
As the Commission does consider changes to the draft GPU, here are a number of concerns that we hope the Commission will address:
population numbers utilized in the GPU should be consistent with
and based on AMBAG population projections.
relating to the proposed "wine corridors" should be
modified to insure that the growth inducing and other impacts
of the proposal are eliminated.
circulation element should be revised to be consistent with the
adopted Regional Transportation Plan.
protections for oak woodlands and for the unique Monterey Pine
Forest should be included.
- Housing policies should be strengthened, better to achieve the guiding objective on housing cited above.
Thank you for taking our strongly held views into account as you make specific recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the 21st Century Monterey County General Plan Update.Very truly yours,
Mari Kloeppel, FANS
Carolyn Anderson, NCCOC
Beverly G. Bean, LWV Monterey Peninsula
Rita Dalessio, Ventana Chapter, Sierra Club
Max Chaplin, Carmel Valley Association
Gary A. Patton, LandWatch Monterey County
Julie Anne Delgado, Monterey Bay Chapter, CNPS
Board of Supervisors
County GPU Staff