Planning issues in Monterey County are affected by what happens in nearby areas. Monterey County is part of a greater region that includes both the California Central Coast and the Silicon Valley. This section of the LandWatch website highlights important planning issues in Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties.

There are three areas we have been following. These include:

City of Gilroy

The City of Gilroy is considering a plan to extend their General Plan 20-year Planning Boundary into the Ag Preserve, to capture 660 acres of farmland for a Cisco-sized campus industrial park. The proposed development would generate an estimated 5000 new jobs, translating into 40,000 new car trips every day.

  • Gilroy Ready to Send Growth South
    The City of Gilroy is contemplating actions that will result in new growth pressures on Monterey County. Learn more about the issue at an upcoming meeting in Gilroy. (08.08.01)

San Benito County

Land use activists in San Benito County began circulating a growth control initiative measure that preserves rural character, protects agricultural lands, safeguards natural resources, reduces traffic congestion and more.

  • San Benito Supervisors Enact Growth Management System
    The San Benito County Board of Supervisors, by voting to adopt a voter initiative measure, has put a sophisticated growth management system in place in San Benito County. (04.04.03)
  • San Benito Activists Propose Growth Management Initiative
    Monterey County is feeling the impact of growth generated in the Silicon Valley. So is San Benito County (and even more so)! Activists in San Benito County are circulating an initiative measure to enact a comprehensive growth management system. (03.09.03)

City of San Jose: Coyote Valley Research Park

The City of San Jose is considering a massive proposal by CISCO Systems, to build a 6.6 million square foot research park in the Coyote Valley, in the southern part of San Jose. Twenty thousand new jobs would be created, but no housing is being specifically required. The impacts on Monterey County could be immense. Since May 1999, LandWatch has been urging local governments here to get involved in the permit process within the City of San Jose, and to stand up for local residents.

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