November 5, 2020
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
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Donate to CVA!

We are very excited to share that a group of generous CV residents have established a $25,000 Matching Grant for all donations to CVA through December 31, 2020.

Support CVA activities, including our legal defense fund, to keep Carmel Valley beautiful! Click HERE to for more information on how to give. Your support is much appreciated. Thank you!
Notice of Public Hearing Monterey County Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Monterey will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 17 at 1:30 p.m. to consider the following actions with regard to the Vacation (Short-Term) Rental Ordinances:

  • Consider the Monterey County Planning Commission’s letter to the Board of Supervisors and draft ordinances relative to vacation (short-term) rentals in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County; and

  • Provide policy direction on draft ordinances amending Monterey County Code, Titles 7, 20 and 21 relative to vacation (short-term) rentals.

The County of Monterey Resource Management Agency has prepared regulations for vacation rentals within the unincorporated area of the County. The proposed definition of vacation rentals is as follows: “The use, by any person, of residential property for transient lodging where the term of occupancy, possession, or tenancy of the property by the person entitled to such occupancy, possession, or tenancy is, except as provided herein, for a period of thirty (30) consecutive calendar days or fewer, counting portions of calendar days as full days. Vacation Rental includes Commercial Vacation Rentals and Limited Vacation Rentals. Vacation Rental does not include a bed &breakfast facility, hotel, motel, hostel, inn, roominghouse, boardinghouse, rooming or boarding”.

The project consists of three draft ordinances for the purpose of establishing regulations, standards, and circumstances under which vacation rentals may be allowed. The purpose of the hearing is for staff to receive direction on the draft ordinances prior to staff conducting environmental review. The draft ordinances propose to modify Monterey County Code (MCC) as follows:

  • Amend Title 7, including amending Section 7.02.060 (Business Licenses) for all hotels and vacation rentals and adding Chapter 7.110 (Vacation Rental Operation Permits);

  • Amend Title 20 (Coastal Zoning), including adding Section 20.64.290 (Regulations for Vacation Rentals) and amending other sections of Title 20 in relation to vacation rentals; and

  • Amend Title 21 (Inland Zoning) including amending Section 21.64.280 (Administrative permits for transient use of residential property for remuneration), adding Section 21.64.290 (Regulations for Vacation Rentals), and amending other sections of Title 21 in relation to vacation rentals.

Planning Commission Recommendation: On July 8, 2020, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the draft ordinances and a letter from the Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed vacation (short-term) rental regulations. By a vote of 10 ayes and 0 noes, the Planning Commission recommended to transmit the Planning Commission letter and draft ordinances to the Board of Supervisors for policy direction on five key policy areas the Commission identified as requiring careful consideration and direction by the Board : a) Affordable housing; b) Support, monitoring and enforcement; c) Character and intensity; d) Visitor serving unit caps; and e) Unique neighborhoods. The outcome of the Board’s policy direction to staff will allow staff to finalize the project description to be used for environmental analysis.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that to minimize spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in accordance with State and local orders, electronic and/or telephonic meeting participation options will be available. The agenda for the November 17, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting will provide information on how the public may observe and provide testimony telephonically, electronically, or in person at the Monterey Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, Government Center, 168 W. Alisal St, Salinas, CA, 93901. At least 72 hours ahead of the Board meeting, the agenda will be posted at 168 W. Alisal Street, Salinas CA and on the County website at the following address:


TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: We welcome your comments on this matter. To submit your comments by e-mail, please send a complete document including all attachments to: To submit your comments in hard copy, please send a complete document including all attachments to the name and address below.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Beretti, RMA Property Administration/Special Programs Manager Monterey County Resource Management Agency 1441 Schilling Place, 2nd Floor South, Salinas CA, 93901 (831) 755-5285 or
In case you missed it:

Here is a LINK to Pris Walton's excellent summary of the Citygate report on the county's Resource Management Agency which appeared in our quarterly print newsletter.
Thank you to Danielle Carlson and Friends!

Danielle organized a group of valley residents to clean up CV Road this past weekend.

She set it up through the Nextdoor Carmel Valley site, had about 40 helpers in all, and covered CV Rd. from the Community Center west to Carmelo School on Saturday and part of the Laureles Grade Road north from Carmel Valley Rd. on Sunday.
Carmel Valley Library News

From Librarian Eddy Hamelin:

Curbside Service
Our curbside service hours will be changing effective Tuesday, September 29!
Tuesdays 10 AM to 5:30 PM (See Meal Service Returns for more information)
Thursdays 10 AM to 2 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM

Addition Services available via Curbside Service
We now offer copying, faxing, printing, and scanning services during our Curbside Hours.

Do not forget we also have a Book Pack service as well. We can select up to 10 books for you to pick up during curbside service!

Please call the branch at 831.659.2377 during our curbside hours or call a member of the phone team at 831.883.7555 for more information about these services. You can also email librarian Eddy Hamelin at Plus, we give out different types of activity bags during Curbside Service as well!
Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

From the Big Sur Land Trust:

Stay healthy! Research continues to show that parks and open spaces provide health benefits beyond just physical exercise. Fresh air and organic compounds produced by trees may be a natural pharmacy that can help support our immune systems. Along with other important recommended precautions, none of us should forget our Vitamin N — Vitamin Nature!

If solo time in nature sounds right for you, visit our website and sign up for a self-guided hike on one of our spectacular conserved properties. In the meantime, to be cautious, we are suspending our guided hike program for the foreseeable future. We will let you know as soon as they are available again.

Be Well,

The Team at Big Sur Land Trust
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Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
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 weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1200 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley