California Native Plant Society, Monterey Bay Chapter Carmel Valley Association Citizens for Responsible Growth Coalition to Protect Housing, Farmlands, Air & Water Concerned Citizens of River Road Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough Highway 68 Coalition
California Native Plant Society, Monterey Bay Chapter
Carmel Valley Association
Citizens for Responsible Growth
Coalition to Protect Housing, Farmlands, Air & Water
Concerned Citizens of River Road
Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough
Highway 68 Coalition
LandWatch Monterey County
League of Woman Voters of the Monterey Peninsula
Líderes Comunitarios de Salinas
Monterey Pine Forest Watch
North County Citizens Oversight Coalition
Planning and Conservation League Foundation
Prunedale Neighbors Group
Prunedale Preservation Alliance
Ranch San Juan Opposition Coalition
Save Our Shores
Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
“The General Plan is the Constitution for all future developments within a city or county”
* GPU3, Chapter 9, p.254
** AMBAG 20-Year Forecast
***Room Enough, p.2
Housing capable of purchase or rental using no more than 30% of household income by people/families in the following income categories:
Monterey County Median Income = $48,305
Monterey County Median Home Price = $532,000
Household Income to Buy Median Priced Home = $142,000
Affordable housing in Monterey County generally corresponds to the following densities:
Affordable housing will only be built if it is required to be built by County General Plan policy.
How dense is that?
Multifamily Housing with Appearance of Single Family Forms.
Battle Road Farm. 10 homes/acre. What looks like a grand New England farm house
incorporates 3 to 6 affordable units, each with a separate entrance and porch.
Leading crop producer in California & USA
$3.3 billion annual market value of products
$14,000 per acre of cropland v. $30 for grazing
Only 1/5 of agricultural land is “important,” i.e., irrigated cropland – primarily in Salinas Valley
Some grazing land has high environmental values
Since 1996 more than one square mile per year has been developed – double the previous rate. 70% of developed land has been “important” farmland.
Land use is inefficient – only 8 people (3 dwellings) per developed acre (compare to 12 in Bay Area). Recent trend is better – 10 people per acre.
Current inefficient use will lead to loss of 25,000 acres of agricultural land within a generation
“Where we go from here and whether the things that are done through planning or under the guise of planning will be any good and make our future cities, our communities, and our rural areas better places is largely up to our citizens.”
Herbert H. Smith, Citizen’s Guide to Planning