The City of Greenfield, located in the center of the Salinas Valley, prepared a General Plan Update, and proposed major annexations of commercially productive agricultural land, to allow significant new residential and commercial development. Future land use decisions in Greenfield raise important planning policy questions.
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 the Draft General Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (213K PDF file)
The proposed City of Greenfield General Plan would pave over commercially productive farm land for the construction of residential subdivisions that would provide housing affordable mainly to upper income commuters. There’s a better way to plan for growth! (05.12.05)
- Letter: Comments on the City’s General Plan’s Land Use Element (152K PDF file)
This LandWatch letter urges full environmental review for the proposed City of Greenfield General Plan Update. (09.09.13)
- Letter: Advising Greenfield on Redevelopment Law (132K PDF file)
Redevelopment law only allows cities to redevelop land that is “blighted.” The City of Greenfield wants to say that includes commercially productive agricultural land. LandWatch has warned Greenfield that this is contrary to state law requirements. (06.12.03)
- Letter: Request for an Environmental Impact Report (94K PDF file)
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires full environmental review when a proposed governmental action might have a negative environmental impact. The City of Greenfield appears to want to delay such review, and make important decisions without an EIR. LandWatch says, “don’t do it!” (04.03.03)
- Letter: Preliminary Comments on the General Plan (143K PDF file)
The City of Greenfield is proposing a new General Plan Update that could have profound effects on that city, and on the future of agriculture in the Salinas Valley. LandWatch urges Greenfield to preserve and protect agricultural land, as much as possible, and to follow a public process that leads to full public participation. (03.16.02)