General Plan Update

The City of Monterey has many important issues facing the area. LandWatch has been involved with these issues for more than a decade.

LandWatch Position: Supported Stronger Policy Language
Project Status: Approved with Stronger Policy Language

Quick Facts

  • The project applicant is City of Monterey.
  • The project is an update of the City’s General Plan.
  • The City of Monterey is the lead agency.

Project Status

Project Location Map

This map shows the planning area for the
City of Monterey’s General Plan Update.

Full Size Map (1.4M PDF file)
Credit: City of Monterey, General Plan (March 2004)

Resources at Risk

  • Lack of Inclusionary Housing
    The current draft of the Housing Element, as we understand it, does not include a specific and General Plan level commitment to inclusionary housing, and to policies encouraging and requiring commercial and other development to contribute to a solution of the city’s affordable housing problem. We think such policies should be part of the General Plan, the “Constitution” for land use within the City of Monterey. Placing such requirements within the General Plan will help ensure a stable and long-term commitment to affordable housing.

LandWatch Involvement

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 Inclusionary Housing (98K PDF file)
    LandWatch supports lowering the threshold for production of affordable housing and require the actual construction of those units (not just pay a fee). (06.05.02)
  • Letter: Comments on the Draft Housing Element (20K PDF file)
    LandWatch urges strong policies. The current draft of the Housing Element, as we understand it, does not include a specific and General Plan level commitment to inclusionary housing, and to policies encouraging and requiring commercial and other development to contribute to a solution of the city’s affordable housing problem. (06.05.02)

Project Status

  • City Council Passes Housing Element
    In a 4-1 vote the Monterey City Council approved the 2015 Housing Element, which is required by state law. The Planning Commission recommended five amendments, which the Council dropped from its approvals. Instead, the Council will revisit the policies in the next six months to address housing stock issues. (03.27.16)
  • City of Monterey Approves Housing Element
    After more than three hours of testimony and discussion, the City of Monterey adopted its 2015 Housing Element. Concerns about affordable housing options were voiced and the City agreed to further address those issues with future policies in the next six months. Some feel this is a step in the right direction, while others feel it won’t do much to solve the problem. (03.24.16)
  • City Looks at Affordable Housing Plan
    With one Councilmember absent from the discussion, the City of Monterey postponed its discussion of the affordable housing components of the long term development plan for the city. There will be a special meeting at 4 PM on March 23 to further discuss this topic. (03.16.16)

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