General Plan Update

The City of Gonzales launched its 2010 revision of the City’s General Plan. The City is currently working with Monterey County on a Memorandum of Agreement that expands the City’s Sphere of Influence. In reviewing the City’s environmental document, LandWatch noted significant impacts to the environment, traffic, agricultural lands, and air and water quality. For this reason, LandWatch is now actively monitoring the situation and will work closely with our supporters to ensure our quality of life is maintained.

LandWatch Position: Achieved Southern Growth Boundary
Project Status:

Quick Facts

  • The agreement is proceeding through the City of Gonzales and the County of Monterey.
  • The planning area is approximately 19,200 acres and contains the City of Gonzales (1,211 acres) and 2,150 acres of land for urbanization and 2,130 acres for urban reserve.
  • The City of Gonzales is the Lead Agency

Project Status

Project Location Map

This map shows planning area and sphere
of influence for the City of Gonzales.

Full Size Map (152K PDF)
Credit: City of Gonzales General Plan (January 2011)

Resources at Risk

  • Poor Planning Practices
    The document leaves out nearly 730 acres of unidentified land uses. In addition, the Draft Environmental Impact Report uses incorrect population estimates for the City–nearly 14,000 people more than Regional Forecasts.
  • Loss of Agricultural Resources
    The conversion or loss of agricultural resources (160 acres) not only conflicts with the County’s existing zoning but are also significant and unavoidable impacts.
  • Traffic Impacts
    Traffic impacts to Highway 101 and other streets are significant and do not meet the State’s General Plan guidelines for having roads accommodate land use designations.
  • Water Supply and Quality
    Water supply issues also are prevalent with concerns about availability, existing water demand, and salt water intrusion.

LandWatch Involvement

LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.

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