General Issues

Salinas Valley includes many acres of important agricultural lands, which require thoughtful planning and careful consideration on many levels. Many of the issues relate to the conversion of farmland, the lack of affordable housing, and traffic impacts.

LandWatch Position: Varies by Topic
Project Status: Varies by Topic

El Rancho Toro Farmworker Housing

  • New Project Adds to Farmworker Housing
    The County of Monterey will get 112 new affordable units for farmworkers. The County just approved the addition of the units to the existing 200 bed facility. Its design allows the addition to be converted to multi-family housing in the future if this housing stock is no longer needed. (01.08.20)

Salinas Central Area Plan

  • Letter: LandWatch Supports Historic Agreement (494K PDF file)
    LandWatch is pleased to relay that earlier this week we supported an agreement between the Salinas Housing Justice Coalition and Stone Bridge developers (formerly Creekbridge) that guarantees access to more timely and affordable homes in the Central Area Specific Plan of Salinas. (11.30.20)
  • Agreement: Stonebridge Agreement with Coalition (776K PDF file)
    This shows the agreement signed between Stonebridge developers and the Housing Justice Advocates Coalition to make it more likely that affordable homes will be built onsite and concurrently with market rate homes than would otherwise be built. (11.27.20)
  • Letter: LandWatch Comments on Plan EIR (584K PDF file)
    LandWatch Monterey County joins with other housing advocates to ask that the Planning Commission take steps to strengthen the affordable housing requirements for the proposed Central Area Specific Plan. (08.10.20)

Downtown Vibrancy Plan

  • LandWatch Comments on Transportation Plan (493K PDF file)
    LandWatch offered a few comments on the Sand City Sustainable Transportation Plan, mainly that the plan identifies sustainable transportation strategies, but does not identify a time frame for completion. (10.04.21)
  • Applauds New Plan
    LandWatch Executive Director Michael DeLapa penned this Letter to the Editor on Salinas’ Downtown Vibrancy Plan. It is a multi-year initiative intended to foster economic renewal for Salinas’s downtown. LandWatch strongly supports the Plan’s focus on encouraging mixed-use development with an emphasis on apartments as well as creating a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly downtown. (03.21.19)

River View at Las Palmas

  • Letter: LandWatch Recommends Project Denial (542K PDF file)
    LandWatch relays major concerns for the project’s inconsistency with the Las Palmas Ranch Specific Plan and notes that the SEIR’s wildfire analysis is inadequate and incomplete. LandWatch recommends denying the project. (07.15.21)
  • Letter: Associations Hires Help to Fight Project (1.6M PDF file)
    Las Palmas Ranch Master Association requests the Supervisors deny the River View project because it is inconsistent with the Specific Plan, it overburdens the Association’s private roads, and impacts area residents. (07.12.21)
  • Letter: Residents Strongly Oppose Project (1.7M PDF file)
    Objections are made regarding the River View facility including, wildfire risk, inadequate wildfire analysis, improper environmental baseline, lack of analysis of cultural and archeological sites, and its direct and cumulative impacts to scenic resources—among other things. (07.08.20)
  • Testimony: LandWatch Testifies at River View Hearing (148K PDF file)
    LandWatch Boardmember Tom Ward testified before the Monterey County Planning Commission on our concerns about the River View project.  The proposal doesn’t meet the Monterey County General Plan or River View Specific Plan—among other concerns. (10.09.19)
  • River View Project Set for Hearing
    The first public vetting of the River View project is set for Wednesday, October 9th. Considered an informational workshop, this project will have a public hearing in the future. So far, the public has been quite interested in the project, submitting over 100 comment letters. (10.07.19)
  • Residents Concerned about River View Project
    Residents hold the River View Specific Plan as the defining document for future development.  When developed the plan allowed for 1,031 houses, of which 1,028 have been built.  Residents view the project as far exceeding the documents defined for this neighborhood. (10.03.19)
  • Senior Living Facility to Get Special Hearing
    The facility would provide a range of living options for individuals over 55 and the County is planning an all-day hearing. The hearing date may be Wednesday, October 2, 2019, but is unconfirmed at this time. (08.15.19)
  • Letter: LandWatch Adds to Original Comments (243K PDF file)
    LandWatch reiterates its concerns and focuses on the Development Evaluation System (DES) requirement, which this project has not followed. The DES was required to be created through a settlement agreement and the County has not fulfilled this requirement. (04.16.18)
  • Letter: LandWatch Comments on Draft EIR (212K PDF file)
    LandWatch’s main points on the River View at Las Palmas project include: impacts to the viewshed, parking, and water supply. Additionally, the project should be consistent with existing plans and requires a Specific Plan Amendment. (03.27.18)

Travel Center

  • Letter: LandWatch Comment Letter on the Draft EIR (91K PDF file)
    LandWatch submitted substantive comments on the proposed project, including concerns related to greenhouse gases, water supply, the proposed general plan amendment and zoning changes. (03.20.18)

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