The Monterey Downs and Horse Park components of the proposed project includes the following: a 225,000 square foot horse training facility that would be comprised of a track and stabling area, ancillary buildings, and a 6,500 seat sports arena and grandstand; a 330,000 square-foot commercial center; a 15,000 square-foot horse park that would be comprised of a visitors center, office space, veterinary clinic, and horse stables; two affordable extended stay hotels with a total of 256 units; 1,280 residential units ranging from apartments to single family residential homes; a 100,000 square foot office park; a 200-room (100,000 square foot) hotel; a 5,000 square foot tennis and swim club; a 73-acre habitat preservation area; and 74 acres dedicated to open space and parks and infrastructure.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
- Letter: Seeks Corrections to Flawed Monterey Downs Process (120K PDF)
LandWatch has been involved every step of the way with the Monterey Downs project. Over the past several weeks, we noticed glaring issues with how the City of Seaside is conducting its review–issues that favor the developer’s interests over those of the public. Our letter asks the City to correct its process and make it fair to the public. (10.24.16)
- Letter: Comments on Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (1.65M PDF)
Concerns outlined in this letter to the City of Seaside include: inadequate analysis of water, greenhouse gas, traffic, noise, partial project alternative, and inconsistency with the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan. (10.12.16)
- Letter: Technical Water Comments on the Draft EIR (289K PDF)
LandWatch hired an expert to review the Draft Subsequent EIR for the Monterey Downs project. Conclusions include significant impacts to the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin and future saltwater intrusion. The document included faulty assumptions on water pumping that must be further evaluated. (10.08.16)
- Letter: Comments on the Monterey Downs Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (67K PDF)
LandWatch outlines in this substantive letter how the project fails to meet the standards outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act on numerous issues. (09.05.16)
- Letter: Comments on a Land Swap (215K PDF)
The removal of development restrictions against residential homes in the Parker Flats area is premature and questionable. Consistency can be judged only if the land-use designation maps and the summaries of allowable development by planning area are provided and are adequately detailed. Neither FORA nor the County has clarified the matter. (02.26.16)
- Letter: Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (301K PDF)
Traffic and water were two main concerns highlighted in the letter to the City of Seaside submitted by LandWatch. Air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and process were also covered. (06.16.15)