LandWatch Authors Joint Letter on Fort Ord Housing
Monterey County ~ Marina 2020 Vision
Congress Member Sam Farr has proposed stronger provisions for affordable housing on Fort Ord. The individuals and organizations listed here applaud the idea of increasing the amount of affordable housing within our community.
The people of Monterey County are the inheritors and protectors of great natural and environmental treasures, like the Monterey Bay, Big Sur, Elkhorn Slough, and the rich farmlands of the Salinas Valley. As local, state, and national leaders make the difficult choices necessary to protect these environmental treasures, we need to make certain that our planning decisions also speak to the needs of the local economy, and to concerns of social equity.
Increasing the amount of affordable housing to be constructed within the number of allowable dwelling to be built on the former Fort Ord will help meet the critical need for local workforce housing for essential occupations, like teachers, firefighters, and police officers, and for the many farmworkers, hospitality workers, and other lower income persons who provide vital services for our leading industries. Environmental protection, coupled with a positive program for responsible economic development and social equity, is just what our community needs.
We are anxious to work with Congress Member Farr and the affected local governments to make more affordable housing at Fort Ord a reality, not just a dream.
A. Patton, Executive Director
G. Millerick, Chair
Urciuoli, Board Member
P. Moore, Ph.D.