TAMC Development Standards Should Be "Required"
February 18, 2004
Board of Directors
Community Development Principles
Members of the TAMC Board of Directors:
Attached is a copy of the Transportation and Transit" Chapter of the LandWatch guidebook, Land Use and the General Plan." A complete version of this guidebook may be purchased from LandWatch for $10, and is available free on the LandWatch website (www.landwatch.org).
As you will see, LandWatch urges city and county governments to incorporate something very much like the proposed Community Development Principles" into their General Plans, so that all new developments are required to use Best Transportation Practices" as a condition of permit approval.
We believe that TAMC could strengthen the action proposed in Agenda Item #10 by going beyond a mere recommendation, and by requiring all local governments in Monterey County to incorporate TAMCs Community Development Principles" in their General Plans, explicitly making the incorporation of these principles into local General Plans a condition for any transportation funding coming through TAMC. We urge you to consider this approach. If TAMC directs funding only to those local agencies that effectively implement its Community Development Principles," by incorporating these principles into their local General Plans, TAMC will go a long way towards actually changing our future land use development patterns.
Thank you for taking this suggestion into consideration, as TAMC considers this matter on February 25, 2004.
Very truly yours,
A. Patton, Executive Director