Land Use Report
Fracking Made Me Move07/21/14
Friday, July 25, 2014 As I mentioned yesterday, there is a great deal of local concern about “fracking,” or “hydraulic fracturing.” Fracking is a technique for obtaining new oil resources from geologic formations that havenot, upuntilrecently, been...
Monterey County Oil
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Here’s an upcoming public hearing item that may be of interest to all those who are following the local, statewide, and national debate about “fracking,” and continuing efforts by oil companies to increase hydrocarbon...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AMBAG, or the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, publishes a periodic “Clearinghouse” report that gives its readers a “heads up” on important land use related items throughout the entire AMBAG Region. That region...
The Santa Cruz City Council Does Business
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 The Santa Cruz City Council is meeting this afternoon and evening. At 7:00 p.m., the Council will consider the relocation of the Pacific Collegiate School (or PCS). PCS is a so-called “charter school,” currently operating out of...
Inclusionary Housing In Pebble Beach
Monday, July 21, 2014 The Monterey County Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow. Agenda Item#39 proposes that the Board enter into two contracts. One contract would be with a consulting firm, ICF Jones&Stokes. Arelated contract would be with the...
Forbes On Agriculture
Friday, July 18, 2014 Here is a reminder: There is a presentation this evening, at the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz, on“Conservation Lessons From Australia.” It should be good. There is more information at kusp.org/landuse. Today, let me...
Passenger Rail Tonight
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Here’s an invitation to attend a meeting this evening that will focus on the possible development of a passenger rail service for Santa Cruz County. That would be pretty exciting, wouldn’t it? Well, in all honesty, there are...
Seaside Open Counter
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Policy and permits are both involved in the land use approval process. Here is the way it is supposed to work. After lots of public discussion, a local government agency with land use approval authority adopts a set of...
You Have to A.S.K. If You Want To G.E.T.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 I recently received a bulletin about a meeting that will be held tomorrow, Wednesday July16th, from 6:00to 7:30 p.m. at the offices ofthe Castroville Community Services District. The District Building islocated at 11499 Geil...
Water Planning In Santa Cruz County
Monday, July 14, 2014 The Santa Cruz County Water Advisory Commission meets on Wednesday, July 16th, to discuss the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (or IRWMP) now beingprepared for the Santa Cruz County Region. The meeting will be held from...
Conservation Lessons From Australia
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...
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