Club will fight for adoption of Community General Plan for Monterey
Phase one of the Community General Plan (CGP) process, identified
by south county newspapers as "...democracy in the making"
concluded in Marina on November 14. The five CGP Forums collectively
drew more than 700 participants, who spent more than 2,500 hours
working on a new General Plan for Monterey County.
When completed by the CGP team, the plan will be presented to the
Monterey County Board of Supervisors (BOS) for their consideration
and action. It will be the only plan before the Board that was developed
during open meetings in every district of the County.
As described by professional planner Terry Watt, the CGP will provide
more affordable housing than other concepts considered by the BOS,
while limiting new development primarily to established cities and
urban areas. Further, the plan will require infrastructure to be
in place, including roads, sewers and proven water, before development
can proceed. The Community General Plan precisely defines protected
Eighteen organizations, including your Ventana Chapter, helped
to organize and run the CGP Forums. These Forums were held in response
to the BOS decision to junk five years and $5 million worth of planning
process, and to move the development of the general plan behind
closed doors. Rather than accept this developer-sponsored abandonment,
community, resident and environmental organizations came together
to develop a true Community General Plan.
Eighty percent of the public has approved the principles on which
the plan is based. The Board of Supervisors themselves have approved
these principles. The groups sponsoring this massive effort are
committed to seeing that the Community General Plan is adopted by
the Board of Supervisors.
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