Wednesday, September 12, 2012
As mentioned yesterday, the Monterey County Planning Commission is meeting today. The Commission meeting starts at 9:00 a.m., and will be held at the Monterey County Government Center in Salinas. As usual, you can find online references in KUSP’s Land Use Report blog.
Item #5 on today’s agenda is a public workshop. The Commission is going to discuss proposed ordinances that would change the process for considering applications for subdivisions and lot line adjustments. One of the significant changes is the proposed elimination of the Monterey County Minor and Standard Subdivision Committees. I imagine that this item will be of most interest to the planning consultants and the land use attorneys who represent applicants and developers in the County’s planning process. That is probably a good reason for members of the public to be there, too!
As Land Use Report listeners undoubtedly understand, the substance of land use regulations is important, but so is the process used to review development applications. The Minor and Standard Subdivision Committees are “technical” committees, which focus on engineering and similar details. Giving them a key role in the review of controversial applications may be unfair to the general public.
Again, the Monterey County Planning Commission is meeting this morning. If you care about Monterey County land use issues, it would be good for you to be there!