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.

From the CVA Land Use Committee:

Our very busy could use a little help. We are currently monitoring special event venues, developments at September Ranch and Rancho Canada, unpermitted construction at Carmel Valley Ranch and elsewhere, and the county's effort to create a workable short-term rental ordinance.

We meet on the second Thursday of each month and monthly with county planning officials.

If you'd like to join us in our efforts to preserve the rural nature of Carmel Valley, contact Pris Walton at

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Carmel Valley Events
Monthly  Senior  Lunch
Free! All Carmel Valley Seniors Invited!
Monday, June 4th 
Seating starts at 11:30 am for 12 noon hot lunch buffet.

CV Community Center
25 Ford Rd
Carmel Valley Village

May 10, 2018
7:00 PM
CA Native Plant Society 

Why Tear Down
San Clemente Dam?

Please come find out the many ways that the building and then removal of dams has impacted the Carmel River steelhead, riparian vegetation, and the valley itself.

Speakers: Brian LeNeve shares a lifetime of outdoor Carmel and the love of Carmel River. John Wandke of Rana Creek Nursery will talk about the native plants installed to restore the dam sites.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove

From our Natural Resources Committee:

Exploring a Sense of Place 
Travel Through Geologic Time 

Hold some 100 million years in your hand. How does it all connect?

Geology tour from Los Laureles Grade to Carmel Bay with Donna Zahn.

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Limited to 12 participants
RSVP to  Paola Berthoin at 624-9467

Carmel Valley Community Pool
Swim Lesson Sign-ups will begin
May 11th.

The first Friday dinner will be on May 18th (see the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center web site at CVCYC.ORG to RSVP). 

There will be adult swim daily from 5 until 6 when the pool opens.

A Musical Feast

A community Concert featuring the
Carmel Valley Singers

Sunday, May 20th
4 PM
Hidden Valley Theater
104 W. Carmel Valley Rd.

  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
location. Be sure to see the information regarding applying for FREE entry, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Point Lobos Foundation.

Thursday, May 17 - 10am to noon - Bird Island
Wednesday, June 6 - 10am to noon - Sea Lion Point
Thursday, June 21 - 10am to noon - Sea Lion Point
Wednesday, July 4 - 10am to noon - Sea Lion Point
Thursday, July 19 - 10am to noon - Sea Lion Point

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
Safely Dispose of Your
Sharps and Meds!
Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Amgen Bicycle Race Will Pass Through Carmel Valley May 15th

Our leg of the Amgen "Tour" will begin at King City, pass through the Pinnacles, up Arroyo Seco, down through our village, and over the grade to Laguna Seca.

Here's what the tour brochure has to say about our valley:

For those looking for one-stop wine tasting, the quaint village of Carmel Valley is second to none. Still, this small community of 4,400 residents and ten tasting rooms is off the beaten path. Carmel Valley is a rancher's paradise. Its two-lane oak tree-lined "thoroughfare" is just as likely to see horses and cyclists as cars. 
It appears from their published schedule that the tour will be passing through the valley between about 2 and 4 in the afternoon. So, when you saddle up next Tuesday and head out to do a little tasting, stay out of the bike lane!

Supervisor Parker on County Budget Challenges

Jane Parker, 4th District Supervisor, reports that the County budget hearing will be especially challenging this year.

The full Board of Supervisors will review the recommended budget in budget hearings on June 4 & 5. The final 2018-2019 budget will come to the board for approval on June 26th.


The demand for air travel continues to grow. As a result, the FAA and the airline industry have taken steps to increase the number of flights while enhancing safety and fuel efficiency. That has resulted in the increased concentration of planes into fewer, tighter flight patterns or "rails." That means lower altitudes and louder noise for people on the ground, especially for those living beneath the rails. As air travel continues to grow and new rails are created, many folks not under rails currently may well find themselves joining others bombarded by noise pollution in the near future.

PARK IT Project Update

Work Continues on Highway One Climbing Lane
2-12-18 to 8-31-18

The project consists of widening northbound Highway 1 from Rio Road to Carmel Valley Road to provide a truck climbing lane. The truck climbing lane will connect to the existing climbing lane north of Carmel Valley Road. Construction of the Climbing Lane Project will provide better access and reduce congestion in the area. 

Staff will make every effort to keep the community updated on the progress of the project as well as the impacts of the traffic controls and road closures. Visit the Monterey County Website for up-to-date information regarding the project. 

For more information, please contact Christine Poe, Management Analyst II at (831)755-5025.

Valley Issues Update
Rancho CaƱada Court Case
Decided in CVA's Favor

On April 24, 2018, the court issued its statement of decision in Petitioner Carmel Valley Association's favor. As a consequence of the court's decision, the County of Monterey must set aside its approvals of the subdivision, including the County's certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The Carmel Valley Association prevailed on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and affordable housing.

The developer can appeal, restart the process with new documents, or abandon the project.

Short-Term Rentals in Carmel Valley

CVA has stated our final position on short-term rentals in Carmel Valley in a letter sent to Monterey County Supervisors, Planning Commission members, and county staff.

Here is an excerpt and a link to the letter: 

The Carmel Valley Association strongly recommends that within the Carmel Valley Master Plan area, short-term rentals (STRs) be limited to "home stays." "Home stays" are defined as short-term rentals that are owner-occupied and managed. No absentee owners, property management companies, corporations, or LLC's would be permitted. The owner would be required to be a permanent year-round resident, and the home would be his or her primary residence. The owner would be required to live in and be present on site during the short-term rental period. Owners would be limited to no more than one STR.

Cima Collina Sues the County
Over 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.

The county has requested a court date of May 30th to hear its request that the suit be dismissed.

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
In Times of Emergency

by David Burbidge

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

  Curious About CVA?

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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