Land Use Report
Conservation Lessons From Australia07/07/14
Friday, July 11, 2014 Here is a “heads up” on a presentation scheduled for next Friday. That’s right. I am actually giving you afull week’s notice, departing frommy all too customary habit of telling you about meetings and events that will happen on...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Last week, and the week before, I talked about a so-called “Transfer of Development Rights” technique, sometimes called “TDR.” The idea is that a property owner, whose property is not well suited for development, can be allowed...
Coming Soon: New State Desal Rules
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Desalination proposals are being considered all around the Monterey Bay Region. There are lots ofreasonstobe concerned. Desalination usually costs more than other alternatives for providing anaugmented water supply. The energy...
Proving Access On Private Roads
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Today, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors willhold a public hearing on anordinance to make it easier for the County to terminate inactive land use applications. If adopted, the ordinance should allow the County better to...
What About The Ferrini Ranch?
Monday, July 7, 2014 Monterey County has a website listing of the “Major Projects” pending in its permit system, and the proposed Ferrini Ranch subdivision is definitely on that “Major Projects” list. The proposed project would result in the...
Friday, July 4, 2014 Last Friday at this time, I was telling you about the “Transfer of Development Rights” concept, and referred you to an article published by the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. The article is generally positive about the...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Yesterday, I was talking about the numerous road projects proposed for the Monterey Bay Region in the next twenty years. Roadprojects are almost invariably costly, but the money we spend for these projects issupposed to make our...
In The News: Roads, Roads, Roads
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 A recent article in the Monterey County Weekly outlines how the Monterey Bay region has chosen to implement a state law that calls for new planning strategies to achieve “Sustainable Communities.” The purpose of the law, SB...
Two Important Items
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 The Monterey County Board of Supervisors is meeting today, and will consider a couple of important water-related items. The items Iam going to mention will be heard at 1:30 this afternoon. Agenda Item #15 is a proposal that the...
A 480-Page Agenda Packet
Monday, June 30, 2014 If you would like to browse through a 480-page agenda packet, for today’s meeting of the MontereyCounty Water Resources Agency Board of Directors, I have a link in today’s transcript, atkusp.org/landuse. If you’d like actually to...
Transfer Of Development Rights
Friday, June 27, 2014 This morning, let me introduce you to a land use policy strategy intended to be used as a toolto protect open space and natural lands, insulating such lands from the impacts associated with what is euphemistically called...
Action On The RTP
Thursday, June 26, 2014 Speaking of final decisions on important land use policy documents, and the lengthy review process thatis often involved (and that’s what I talked about yesterday, with specific reference to the possible adoption of the...
Final Action On An Important Plan
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Final and determinative decisions on significant land use policy issues are almost always arrived at after alengthy review process. It is not unusual for a local government to spend years on a significant land use policy...
The Veterans Cemetery
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 There is a good bit of controversy in Monterey County about vacation rentals. I mentioned that yesterday. I think it’s fair to say there is even more controversy about the future of wild lands on the former Fort Ord. What kind...
Monday, June 23, 2014 Monterey County is a big county, speaking geographically. Santa Cruz County is the smallest county inthe state. Again, I am speaking in terms of land area, not population. Sometimes I am challenged, whenI make that statement...
Stewards Of Liberty
Friday, June 20, 2014 A group called “American Stewards of Liberty” is devoted to the protection of individual property rights. If you would like to find out more about this group, check today’s transcript for relevant links. Most recently, the...
Is A Rail Renaissance Realistic?
Thursday, June 19, 2014 The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, in collaboration with the University of California at Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College, is exploring whether or not passenger rail might be a future possibility for Santa...
Marina In The Morning
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 The Transportation Agency for Monterey County, or TAMC, is planning for the development of what they are calling a regional bus corridor, but the proposed corridor would also accommodate cars,bicyclists, and pedestrians. Nonew...
The County Agricultural Commissioner
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Each week, I check out the upcoming agendas of both the Santa Cruz County and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and I’d recommend this practice to everyone, particularly if you live in an area outside an incorporated...
At The Board Tomorrow
Monday, June 16, 2014 Counties are subdivisions of state government, and they have plenary power over land use in all areas of the county that are not located within anincorporated city. Here are a few interesting items coming up for discussion...
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