Land Use Report
A Castroville Meeting Next Tuesday03/02/15
Friday, March 6, 2015 Here is a “heads up” item for North Monterey County residents who might like to be involved in decisions that can affect open space, habitat, and water quality projects in and around Castroville. On March 10th, next Tuesday, the...
Rules For ADUs
Thursday, March 5, 2015 The acronym “ADU” stands for “Accessory Dwelling Unit.” In the City of Santa Cruz, land use and zoning regulations allow homeowners in a single-family residential district to construct a whole new residential unit on their...
Learn More About LAFCO!
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Each Saturday, I prerecord the Land Use Reports for the week to come. Last Saturday, just before I headed down to the studios, I read an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel that gave me some news onanissue that I have talked...
Tiered Water Rates
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 There is a meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. that should be of interest to anyone who pays money to the City of Santa Cruz for water service. City residents qualify. So do residents of Pasatiempo, Live Oak, and even parts of the City...
Item #58 On The Board Agenda Tomorrow
Monday, March 2, 2015 Boards of Supervisors meet on Tuesdays. The Board meeting schedule is less reliable than the 24-hour rotation that defines our days (and nights), but when you contemplate a Tuesday, think about those five individuals who run your...
A Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument?
Friday, February 27, 2015 Should the former Coast Dairies property be designated as a National Monument? The Coast Dairies property isabout 5,800 acres in extent, and is located on the Santa Cruz County North Coast. It is already in public ownership,...
Fort Ord Guidelines: Cast Your Vote
Thursday, February 26, 2015 As previously noted, Fort Ord planning efforts are now underway. The Fort Ord Reuse Authority has hired consultants to develop “Regional Urban Design Guidelines.” According to reports, some 1,200 people have become involved...
McKibben On Campus
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Environmental author and activist Bill McKibben will be speaking at UCSC tomorrow, February 26th. You are definitely invited! McKibben will be presenting the annual Right Livelihood Lecture at the Common Ground Center,...
The Santa Cruz County Housing Element
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 As I mentioned yesterday, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is addressing affordable housing issues at today’s Board meeting. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. at the County Governmental Center, at 701 Ocean Street in...
The County’s Affordable Housing Program
Monday, February 23, 2015 It would be hard to overstate the importance of affordable housing as a land use issue. It has become ever more difficult for persons with an average, or below average, income to find housing at a price they can afford. If...
Farm To School!
Friday, February 20, 2015 Our local economy is significantly tied to agriculture. When I was a public official, it was my belief that the larger community wanted their local government agencies to establish effective land use controls, to help make...
Designs On Fort Ord
Thursday, February 19, 2015 In past editions of the Land Use Report, I have alerted listeners to planning efforts underway on the former Fort Ord. Proposed Fort Ord Regional Urban Design Guidelines are being discussed in various public meetings. One...
The ZA Does Gentrification
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 To prepare these Land Use Reports, I typically review the agendas of various public agencies inthe Central Coast Region. I appreciate it when local government agencies make iteasy for me, by establishing a system of...
Tomorrow Night At The PVWMA
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 The Board of Directors of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency will be meeting tomorrow night. You can get a link to the agenda at kusp.org/landuse. It would be hard to overstate the importance of groundwater management...
Food Peddling In The Public Streets
Monday, February 16, 2015 “Plenary” is the word to remember when you want to think about what kind of topics might be included in a community’s compendium of land use regulations. “Plenary” means “full” or “complete.” The land use powers of local...
The CalCAN Summit
Friday, February 13, 2015 Here’s a “mark your calendar” item. Furthermore, this is an item that will send you to Davis, California, if you’d like to participate. Furthermore, the eventI am announcing will actually costyou money to attend. This isn’t,...
A Monumental Opportunity
Thursday, February 12, 2015 I always like to get communications from Mark Stone, formerly a member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, and now a member of the California State Assembly, representing most of Santa Cruz County, and a good...
Water Reliability And The Economy
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Let me alert listeners to a forum on water supply reliability that will take place this afternoon at theMuseum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz. Before providing more details, though, Iwanttogive Monterey County...
Santa Cruz County Housing
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 The Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, Don Lane, has said that his highest personal priority is tohavetheCity of Santa Cruz take actions to deal with the affordable housing crisis facing virtually alllocalcommunities...
Design Guidelines For Fort Ord
Monday, February 9, 2015 I think it is always a good idea to question whether “development,” as we usually call it, ends up representing a net benefit to the community. Bigger is not always better. More is not always better, either.This is...
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