The Rancho Los Robles subdivides two parcels totaling 33 acres and constructs 54 residential units in the Elkhorn Slough watershed.
Lack of Compliance with the Local Coastal Program
- The project is out of compliance with the Local Coastal Program, most specifically with respect to lack of a reliable water source and traffic congestion.
Impacts to Sensitive Habitat
- The Local Coastal Program has strong protections for the Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA), but the project ignores the protections and destroys important oak woodlands habitat.
Subdivision Limitations Due to lack of Sustainable Water Supply
- Per the 2010 County General Plan, the inland portion of North Monterey County is prohibited from subdividing parcels due to water quality and quantity issues. The California Coastal Commission has adopted a prohibition on ancillary units (2nd units) in Coastal North Monterey County also due to the over-drafted aquifers of this area.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
- Opening Brief filed by LandWatch & FANS (406K PDF file)
The legal team for Friends, Artists and Neighbors of the Elkhorn Slough and LandWatch filed the opening brief on the Rancho Los Robles lawsuit. (05.30.19)
- Press Release: Lawsuit Announced by LandWatch
LandWatch and FANS announce a lawsuit against the project applicant and the California Coastal Commission. (12.18.17)
- Lawsuit: Lawsuit Filed on Project Approvals
LandWatch and FANS file a lawsuit on the project approvals because the project is proposed to receive its potable water supply from wells extracting groundwater from the overdrafted and unsustainably pumped Pajaro Valley Groundwater Basin. The project also damages an environmentally sensitive habitat area and converts agricultural land to residential uses—both in violation of the California Coastal Act.
- Letter: Comments on the Project
LandWatch outlines its concerns about the project and its lack of adherence to the Local Coastal Program. (07.07.17)