Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

LandWatch Monterey County

Mission

The mission of LandWatch is to promote and inspire sound land use legislation at the city, county, and regional levels through grassroots community action. LandWatch is dedicated to improving Monterey County’s economic vitality, high agricultural productivity, social equity, and environmental health by encouraging greater public participation in planning.

The Big Idea

LandWatch’s Monterey County Land Conservation Legal Defense Fund will ensure that local governments follow the land use, affordable housing, and environmental laws that they pass.

Monterey County local governments routinely violate the land use, affordable housing, and environmental laws they pass. As one example, Monterey County adopted a new general plan in 2010 that required them to adopt within one year an objective, quantified scoring system for new developments in unincorporated areas. Now, seven years later, Monterey County still hasn’t adopted that system. As a consequence, the planning commission and board of supervisors continue to approve developments that violate their own planning laws, including Rancho Cañada Village. As the public’s advocate for sound land use policy, and its implementation, LandWatch has used the courts as necessary to force local governments and private developers to follow the law. Currently, LandWatch has three lawsuits against Monterey County, one on the 2010 General Plan, the others on Ferrini Ranch subdivision off Highway 68 and Harper Canyon subdivision off San Benancio Road. LandWatch’s Monterey County Land Conservation Legal Defense Fund will enable LandWatch to remain an effective watchdog and enforcer of state and local laws.

I have supported LandWatch as the only professional level organization which can defend the regulations protecting our health, safety, and environment. They have shown they are effective over several decades. They fully merit your support.

— Max Chaplin, Carmel Valley