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)
Credit: County of Monterey, Carmel Rio Road EIR (December 2016)
Resources at Risk
Lack of Long-term Water Supply The project does not have proof of access, a demonstrated long term sustainable water supply, or water reclamation or conservation components required by General Plan Policy CV-5.4.
Lack of Consistency 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: Supporting Staff Recommendation to Deny Project (89K PDF file)
LandWatch Monterey County supports staff’s finding that the Combined Development Permit application is inconsistent with the 2010 General Plan. We urge the Commission to uphold staff’s recommendation and find the Val Verde Subdivision inconsistent with the 2010 General Plan. (11.08.11)
Supervisors Again Deny Project
Five years ago a 42 unit project was denied by the Board of Supervisors. A new 31 unit project was denied by the Supervisors after an appeal from the Planning Commission’s vote. It doesn’t meet the affordable housing requirements for the area. (09.12.17)
Residents Oppose Reduced Unit Project
Carmel Valley residents opposed the new 31 unit version of the Val Verde project as it was heard by the Monterey County Planning Commission. The Commission voted to deny the project. (06.22.17)
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