Carmel Valley Issues & Actions:
Carmel Rio Road
The Carmel Rio Road project includes mixed income residential on 7.9 acres within the Carmel Valley Master Plan.
LandWatch Position: Opposes the Project
Project Status: Denied
The project applicant is Carmel Rio Road LLC.
The project requires a zoning ordinance amendment, an administrative permit and design approval.
The project site is governed by the 2010 Monterey County General Plan and the Carmel Valley Master Plan.
The County of Monterey is the lead agency.
The Project was denied by the Monterey County Planning Commission with a 9-1 vote in May 2017.
A letter from the County (387 KB PDF file) dated February 8, 2017 indicates the project is stalled until the applicant pays for additional work on the Response to Comments.
The County received Public Comments on the Draft EIR (25.1 MB PDF file) and will issue responses in the Final EIR, which is forthcoming.
The County released the Notice of Availability (32 KB PDF file) for the project in December 2016.
Project Location Map
The Carmel Rio Road project is located south of Carmel Valley Road between Carmel Rancho Blvd. and Val Verde Drive.
Full size map (1.8M PDF file)
Resources At Risk
Inconsistencies with the General Plan
The project violates numerous policies within the General Plan including air quality, aesthetics, hydrology and water quality, and traffic and circulation.
Includes Deferred Mitigation
The project deferred mitigation measures for hydrology and water quality specifically as it relates to: off-site runoff, waste discharge, and the project’s location in a 100 year flood zone.
Inconsistent with the Carmel Valley Master Plan
The project is not consistent with the policies outlined in the Carmel Valley Master Plan, for example the affordable housing component requires a 25% affordable housing component and this project doesn’t meet it.
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 Draft Environmental Impact Report (168K PDF file)
LandWatch officially opposes the project based on the project’s inconsistencies with the Carmel Valley Master Plan and 2010 County General Plan. We also mention in this letter that the project would add 31 new families to the high risk flooding area. (05.01.17)
Letter: Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (181K PDF file)
The project would violate a variety of General Plan policies, including those related to air quality, aesthetics, hydrology and water quality, and traffic and circulation. (01.17.17)