March 14, 2019
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Don't Miss Our Annual Meeting!
Sunday, March 24th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
at Palo Corona Regional Park
Merienda Room, 4860 CV Road

Affordable Housing Legislation 


Assembly member,District 29

will discuss county issues relevant
to Carmel Valley residents.

Housing Program Manager, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, is an expert on 2019 state affordable housing legislation and how it can affect us here.
Board Update:
Introduction of New Board Members
Summary and Update of Recent Actions

CVA members attending the meeting will be asked to approve an amendment to the organization's bylaws, eliminating Article VI, Section 1d, concerning ex officio board members. Section 1d states that ex officio members are non-voting, but recent changes to California law require that ex officio members have voting rights. The board has decided that the simplest way to conform to the law is to eliminate that part of the bylaws and instead call our present ex officio members advisers.

Free and Open to the Public.
Delicious Refreshments!
Carmel Valley Ranch's Proposed Equestrian Center
Planning Commission Rules Study Necessary

On Wednesday, March 12, the Monterey County Planning Commission unanimously accepted CVA's arguments that the County should prepare an initial study to look at the impacts of the proposed equestrian center at Carmel Valley Ranch. The commissioners asked good questions -- what is there now, what is proposed, what would happen in the future in light of the approved 12-lot subdivision. County staff was not able to answer some important questions, and gave conflicting responses to others. The commission rejected the staff's recommendation to approve the project on a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption.

Molly Erickson represented CVA as counsel, and President Pris Walton and board member Eric Sand spoke in support of CVA's position. Molly and Pris had sent in correspondence prior to the commission meeting. Board member Rick Manning also attended. (Carmel Valley Ranch was represented by attorney Tony Lombardo and general manager Simon Snellgrove.) The commission's action is consistent with the Land Use Advisory Committee's unanimous concerns about the project.
Next step: the County will prepare an initial study that is based on Appendix G of the CEQA guidelines. 
Carmel Valley Events
From the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy:
The Second annual celebration of
 California Wildlife Day
on Saturday March 23
10 am to 3 pm
at the new Palo Corona Discovery Center.

Free to the public,
including food and libations .

Volunteers Needed!
Call Regional Park District
Environmental Education Supervisor
Jackie Nelson
831.372.3196 X 109
Robles Del Rio Community Fire Preparedness Meeting

Wednesday, April 3rd from 6-8 PM at Tularcitos Elementary School gymnasium: 35 Ford Road, Carmel Valley Village

Agencies/County offices to be represented:

5th District County Supervisor: Mary Adams - Host of meeting

Cal Am: presentation on upcoming planned water system improvement project in the Robles del Rio subdivision.

Monterey Regional Fire Protection District and the County Office of Emergency Services: overview of evacuation procedures and how to be prepared 

County Resource Management Agency: feasibility and challenges of new evacuation routes

PG&E: Wildfire Safety Program and how that is/will be implemented in our subdivision 

The Resource Conservation District (and MRFPD): Fire fuel mitigation opportunities

For residents not living in Robles Del Rio: We are all a part of the same larger community that is *Carmel Valley Village*, and anyone who wants to attend is welcome to attend. We will look forward to seeing you there!
Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts!
Special Events Task Force

The Resource Management Agency (RMA)
cordially invites you to participate in our Special Events Task Force.
Every fourth Thursday once a Month from 9:00-10:30 am
Monterey County Government Center, 1441 Schilling Place, Salinas

The Special Event Task Force Meeting Agendas and Minutes,
which include lists of approved and proposed events, are posted online.
Please Click Here to view.
From the Community Center:

Monthly Senior Lunch
1st Monday of the Mon th
Free! All Carmel Valley Seniors Invited!
Seating starts at 11:30 am for 12 noon hot lunch buffet.

CV Community Center
25 Ford Rd
Carmel Valley Village
Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!

Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
Curious About CVA?
Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most suc cessful 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 weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1100 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

or reply to this email 

Member Richard Cheatham has created a video about our beautiful Carmel Valley and CVA's role in preserving it.

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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley