Conservation Issues of the Ventana Chapter | monterey county
September Ranch is another sprawling high-end subdivision proposed for Carmel Valley already struggling with an over drafted water supply, traffic issues and hundreds of unbuilt lots of record.
The Chapter has fought this massive development near the mouth of the valley for many years. In 2000, the Superior Court held that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) did not adequately evaluate water impacts. In 2001 the Court of Appeals upheld that decision, but the project will not go away.
The developer and the same law firm (Lombardo and Gilles) came back with a new, also “creative,” water analysis in a new EIR. We sued again in 2006, and again prevailed on water issues. The developer chose to continue the process. This summer the County issued a third revised EIR document, to try to get the water analysis right.
The current application is for 73 estate homes and 22 inclusionary units, which would require the removal of approximately 3,582 trees. This includes 890 coast live oaks and 2,692 Monterey Pines. This makes a mockery of the county’s tree protection ordinances and the fact that both oaks and Monterey Pines and their habitats are routinely threatened throughout the County by huge developments.
Posted are documents recently filed by the Law Offices of Michael Stamp on behalf of the Chapter regarding the most recent EIR documents for the September Ranch project.
More information is available on the County website.
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