Sunday, May 8, 2016 / 7:30 a.m.
An affordable housing project is moving forward in Pebble Beach.
In 2012, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the construction of about 90 to 100 new housing units in Pebble Beach. At the time this approval was granted, the Pebble Beach Company agreed to build affordable housing on lands in Pebble Beach, instead of paying a so‑called “in lieu” fee to the County. An “in lieu” payment would have given the County money to go find some other place to build affordable housing. Thanks to that 2012 decision, new affordable housing is actually slated to be built in Pebble Beach itself.
LandWatch Monterey County, whose mission is to “promote and inspire sound land use policies through grassroots community action,” thinks that this decision was a step in the right direction. This is not, however, what everyone thinks. Critics have highlighted, among other things, both water and traffic impacts, which are considered “significant and unavoidable,” according to the Environmental Impact Report.
The Pebble Beach Inclusionary Housing project includes a 24-unit complex to be built in the Del Monte Forest. The project will leave 80% of the 13.2-acre parcel in permanent open space.
The Monterey County Planning Commission will consider this proposal on Wednesday, May 11th, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at 168 West Alisal Street, in Salinas, and you are definitely invited!