From the Community Youth Center:

CVCYC User Survey

The Carmel Valley Community Youth Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that manages the Carmel Valley Pool and Hall facilities. The pool is privately funded as a community resource solely through donations, membership dues and pool use fees. 

We are seeking input from the community as to the quality of services provided by the pool and suggestions for future operations. 

The CVCYC board and volunteers continually strive to improve the facilities and programs offered at the pool and you can help by completing this survey to help inform our decisions and make the pool a quality community resource. Thank you for your time.

Carmel Valley Events
From the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library:

The 15th Annual
Wine Tasting Experience

Saturday, February 10, 5:00 pm, at Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts.  Our special guest and guide for the evening will be Dan Karlsen, local Winemaker extraordinaire, now producing under the Chock Rock and Karlsen labels.

Please join us for a delectable and educational evening in support of the Carmel Valley Library, featuring great wines, good company, and delicious appetizers donated by local restaurants.

Tickets are $35, available by mail or online at
To order tickets by mail, please make checks payable to FOCVL and send to Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, PO Box 248, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.

At Hidden Valley Music

Next Level Recorder Retreats

February 18 - 25, 2018 Presented by: Tibia Adventures in Music, Tibia Recorder Duo, Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker February 18 - 21, 2018: Retreat for low intermediate players 

February 21 - 25, 2018: Retreat for upper intermediate - advanced players Master musicians Frances Blaker and Letitia Berlin have created this four day intensive retreat for intermediate and advanced recorder players who are ready to elevate their craft to the next level.  With a very limited enrollment of 16 participants, the retreat offers...  [Read More]

  Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!

Point Lobos

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair.  

We also have a presentation that we can show to your group or staff at your

Saturday, Feb 17 - 10am to noon - Sea Lion Point
Wednesday, March 7 - 10am to noon - Sea Lion Point
Saturday, March 17 - 10am to noon - Bird Island
Wednesday, April 4 - 10am to noon - Bird Island
Saturday, April 21 - 10am to noon - Bird Island

Highlights at Sea Lion Point - California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Otters,
Pelicans, Gulls and Cormorants - Whales in migration

Highlights at Bird Island - Nesting Brandt's & Pelagic Cormorants, Black-crowned
Night Herons, Pelicans and Gulls, Harbor Seals (pups April & May), Otters,
Whales in migration

For more information, see
or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator 
or 831 625-1470
CVA Advocacy Project
Want some help?  CVA Is Creating a Record of Issues and Problems That Occur in Our Valley and helping residents find solutions.

 to let us know what the problem is,
and we'll begin working with you on a solution.
In Times of Emergency

by David Burbidge

Important steps we all should take to prepare for fire, flood, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

Safely Dispose of Your
Sharps and Meds!
Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Palo Corona Park,
Public Workshop #3
This Evening, Thursday, February 8th

The Regional Park District has published results from the survey taken at the first workshop and online. 127 responses came from the workshops, and 982 online. Trail connectivity, hiking and walking, and environmental restoration were favored uses by both groups. Major concerns were traffic, overuse, and human impact on the natural environment.

Second workshops were held November 15 and 16, with the stated purpose of refining ideas from the first. However, the three plans presented featured, in addition to the recommended three from the first survey, event staging areas, disk golf, camping, community gardens, a fitness course, pavilions, and "art in the park."

Please come to review the results of the Workshop #2 survey, and provide your feedback on the preferred design alternative.

Carmel Public Workshop #3
Thursday, February 8th - 6:00-8:00pm
Rancho Cañada, Fiesta Room
4860 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923


Judge Villarreal
Judge hears Rancho Cañada Case

On Friday, February 2, the Superior Court heard arguments from both sides in the suit brought by the CVA against Monterey County in response to the Board of Supervisors approval of the Ranch Cañada Village Subdivision in December 2016.  Bill Parkin and Pearl Kan represented CVA.

Here are the links to the brief filed by CVA and our reply to the county's response:

The hearing lasted approximately an hour and a half.
CVA's counsel argued that the county has failed to comply with its General Plan and that the project approval violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  CVA's attorneys pointed out that the County has failed to create and implement a required Development Evaluation System (DES) to which this project should be subject, and that it has failed to update its affordable housing ordinance as required by the General Plan. The County General Plan required that the DES be completed within a year of adoption of the 2010 County Master Plan. It has still not been completed.

The General Plan also requires that the county's affordable housing ordinance be updated to increase the percentage of affordable housing units in new developments from 20% to 25%. The county has still not increased the affordability requirement in its local ordinance. 

Importantly, the Rancho Cañada Village site is ideal for much needed affordable housing in Carmel Valley and was originally designated to exceed the General Plan's minimum 25% requirement, requiring 50% affordable units. Yet, the county reduced the affordable housing requirement for the site to below 20%.

CVA also contended that the project EIR was fatally flawed, in that it improperly conflated the infeasible original 281-lot proposal promoted by a different developer, which is no longer contemplated, with the new 130-lot version. Thus, the EIR failed to include an accurate project description, confusing the public and skewing alternatives analysis.

The Court took the matter under submission. 
O ur legal defense fund still needs your help.  If you haven't made
a contribution yet,
Or send a check to
Carmel Valley Association
PO Box 157
Carmel Valley CA 92924


Valley Issues Update
Our January 22 Memorandum to the County
Concerning Visitor Serving Units

The memo to the Planning Commission, excerpted below, concerns the allowance in the CV Master Plan of a total of 285 visitor serving units in the valley:

CVA is concerned that visitor-serving unit limits of 175 (west of Majorca) and 110 (east of Majorca) in subsections d & e, section CV-1.15 of the Carmel Valley Master Plan Supplemental Policies amended in 2013 should be adjusted downward to zero, given current traffic, water and other environmental conditions.  And, in accordance with subsection g, the examination should now be undertaken to confirm that the limits should be adjusted downward to 0.

Cima Collina Sues the County
Over its Denial of Special Events at Hilltop Ranch

After the Monterey County Board of Supervisors re-affirmed, 4 - 1, the Planning Commission's reversal of the "Administrator's Interpretation" that Cima Collina's Hilltop Ranch be allowed Special Events, the winery is suing the county, claiming that opponents waited too long to contest an April approval of events there,  and that neither supervisors nor county planning commissioners had jurisdiction to hear the matter.

As far as we can determine, no court date has yet been set, but we'll keep you informed. Reversal of the board's ruling, and the precedent set by it, would have an extremely negative impact on our valley!
Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
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Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful community organizations in Monterey County. We are entirely volunteer, with no paid employees. Our mission is to defend the beauty, resources and rural character of our beautiful valley. We do that by working with residents, businesses, and government.
CVA was instrumental in the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and recently settled a lawsuit with Monterey County regarding traffic measurement and capping future development on very favorable terms for our valley. Our volunteer experts represent Carmel Valley's interest, testifying before governmental bodies concerning development, water, traffic, road signs, and other quality of life issues.

We keep valley residents informed about important issues and events with our online Calendar, our weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 900 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses .

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