Don’t Let Gigantic Development Jam Our Rural Roads, Dry Up Our Wells, Kill Our Wildlife. Corral de Parking Lot. Historically, the Grossi Ranch’s pastures symbolized our rural, agrarian lifestyle Over the years, attempts at establishing an assisted-living center there have been thwarted
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Historically, the Grossi Ranch’s pastures symbolized our rural, agrarian lifestyle
Over the years, attempts at establishing an assisted-living center there have been thwarted
Now, developers want to pave it over for a large shopping center even though the Toro Area Plan policy aims to “preserve the essentially rural quality of life”“Tierra” means earth not concrete
A ranch property is proposed to become a commercial shopping center bigger than Wal-Mart
The pasture tucked behind the abandoned Exxon station, which is not part of the development proposal, needs protection
Otherwise, the corner of Corral de Tierra Road
and Highway 68 will become
a gigantic traffic nightmare
Pastures of Heaven
will turn into a parking
lot from hellPreserving Our Rural Lifestyle
noise, light will
ruin our lifestyle.What happened to our pastures?
With little done
to reduce the
of increased traffic
and water use.Bigger than a Wal-mart
Phelps buys 5.5 acres of property being dry farmed in the 1970's. It is zoned agricultural/residential
County places B-8 Zoning Overlay on the Corral de Tierra/San Benancio Area including this property because wells have failed
Phelps could build on his lots of record but not add to existing water problems
Other issues under B-8 – traffic and sewage (don’t forget an 88 percent increase in sewage fees are proposed. Are they related? What do you think?)County Permit History
Many neighbors have questioned planners about this proposal, but county officials always refer to the Environmental Impact Report for answers
No scoping hearing was ever held, so planners started off in the wrong direction and have come to wrong conclusions, i.e., the alternatives were chosen before meaningful analysis.
Toro groundwater in overdraft (2007 hydrological study), water table has been dropping about 2 feet per year since 1999
Left-turn lanes to gridlock, with no widening of Highway 68 or Corral de Tierra Road
Whatever happened to the promise of a parallel parkway through former Fort Ord?
No money, no plans, no through traffic
Just a Corral of cars and trucks
Just like the gridlock on Highway 101 at the Red BarnTraffic
-- Developer says “I don’t know”
loading docks throughout
will bounce off our walls like
the Laguna Seca engines we hear all year long – it will be much closer as the trucks become our neighbors
Riparian habitat and historic oaks and sycamores will be slashed and burned
Migration paths will be paved over
However, garbage bins will provide nourishment for critters
Will the buzzards hovering above join the gridlock?Wildlife impacts
The sycamores would be cut
and replaced by an urban tower.
Write letters opposing the Corral de Tierra Neighborhood Retail Village to:
Luis Osorio, Senior Planner, Monterey County Planning Department, 168 W. Alisal St., Salinas CA 9390, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Call Osorio at 755-5177, or John Ford, planning services manager, at 796-6049.
Attend hearings. Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the issue on November 10, 2010.
Contact your county Supervisors, including Lou Calcagno (755-5022), Fernando Armenta (755-5011), Simon Salinas (755-5033), Jane Parker (755-5044), Dave Potter (755-5055).
Visit our website: www.highway68buzz.org
Sign the petition and share it with your friendsWhat We Need to Do
Neighbors have tried to propose reasonable alternatives, including purchase of the property for park and open space use
Spot zoning should not be approved until all all environmental mitigations are fully proven
The B-8 overlay should remain in place, and its constraints recognized
Consider a much smaller “convenience” shopSolutions?
Go to the Planning Commission hearing, tentatively scheduled for November 10, 2010.
Study the EIR –
Write letters to Supervisors and newspapers
Join the Highway 68 Coalition,
sign and share petitions
Together, we can preserve our rural
community and environmentNext Steps