Friday, November 28, 2014
Coming up on December 2nd is a free workshop on the Draft Environmental Impact Report, or EIR, being prepared for the proposed Monterey Downs project. I heard about this event in an email bulletin from the Carmel Valley Association. As the announcement said, “this isn’t strictly a Carmel Valley issue, but the Monterey Downs proposal, which includes horse racing and on and off-track betting, would certainly affect life and lives in our valley.”
Actually, the Carmel Valley Association bulletin said that the Monterey Downs project “will” certainly affect the life and lives of Carmel Valley residents. But the use of that verb “will” presumes the very question in issue. Should the local government agencies most directly involved give the developer a permit? Or not? And will the public, after it sees the results of the local government deliberations, decide that the decision is acceptable, or will the people want to weigh in themselves, through either the referendum or initiative process? What “will” happen depends on what we do. Nothing is inevitable within the world that we create through the land use decisions we make.
The California Environmental Quality Act requires an EIR for any project that “might” have a significant impact on the natural environment. If you don’t know about Monterey Downs, a check today’s transcript. Then, think about attending that meeting on December 2nd.