June 3, 2021
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
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Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in Carmel Valley:

A draft of the County's proposed ordinance concerning short-term rentals (renamed “Vacation Rentals”) was presented to the Board of Supervisors last week.

Although the Carmel Valley Master Plan limits the number of visitor serving units in the valley, the Board of Supervisors has decided that, for some unexplained reason, the number of short-term rentals to tourists will not be limited by the cap.

At last week’s meeting, Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams proposed a cap of one percent of housing stock. Her proposal was not well received by the other Supervisors, and Supervisor Askew proposed a 6% limit. The draft ordinance was sent back to county staff for further “refinement.”

We expect to comment on the draft revision both in a letter to the Supervisors and in person at their meeting and encourage you to join us. Among our concerns are:

  • That Carmel Valley as defined by the Carmel Valley Master Plan is a “unique neighborhood” and should be considered to have the same uniqueness as Carmel Highlands and Big Sur. That is why Carmel Valley has its own unique master plan as part of the County General Plan.

  • If permitted Commercial STRs are allowed to operate 365 days per year and rent rooms and living space out to nonresidents, they are acting exactly like licensed hotels, inns, motels, lodges and B&Bs. They should be counted as Visitor Serving Units (VSUs). Let’s admit that they are all the same and subject to the VSU caps in the Carmel Valley “special neighborhood” in order to protect residentially zoned neighborhoods from the invasion of overpopulated commercial enterprises.

  • Many STRs are not occupied by owners, but managed from a distance by real estate agents.

  • Affordable housing in Carmel Valley is very dear these days and many new commercial vacation rentals will not only reduce affordable housing but rental housing in general forcing up rents and housing sale prices.

When we have a date for the meeting we'll share a ZOOM link and our letter with you. Hopefully you'll be able to attend and make your feelings known.
Firewise Defensible Space Homeowners' Bootcamp

On the heels of the first-ever evacuation of Carmel Valley due to wildfire, the state is entering one of the driest seasons in recorded history, which threatens to be the worst fire season to date. With that in mind, Robles Firewise Group will be hosting a free live and in-person defensible space “bootcamp” to inform home owners what they can do to better protect their homes from wildfire.
 
Join us on June 12, at the Carmel Valley Village Fire House, 26 Via Contenta for a 90-minute session that will include information, demonstrations, and prize drawings. Due to COVID restrictions, attendees are asked to pre-register at www.roblesfirewise.com. We are offering three “platoon” times: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m. Tickets are free with a suggested $15 donation to cover the costs of the event; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
 
The event will highlight a new defensible zone — the Immediate Zone, otherwise known as the Ember-Resistant Zone — which is from 0-5 feet from a house or structure. Two companies that specialize in home hardening will present tips and strategies that homeowners can immediately utilize to harden their homes, and a burn trailer will demonstrate the vulnerability of common attic/soffit/foundation vents. Relevant agencies and organizations will be onsite including:

  • Monterey County Regional Fire District
  • Monterey County of Emergency Services
  • Cachagua Volunteer Fire Department
  • Fire Safe Council of Monterey County
  • Community Emergency Response Team
  • Carmel Valley Garden Club
  • Ember Defense
  • Vulcan Vents
  • Robles Firewise Group

Opportunity drawing grand prize: Ember Defense & Vulcan Vents will provide a complete retrofit of ALL air vents (attic, soffit and foundational) to the current WUI (Wildland-Urban Interface) code of 1/16th mesh for up to 3000 square-foot house. Labor and materials included. Retail value of $5,000. (Cost of footage overages can be negotiated with the company).
 
This event is sponsored by Carmel Valley businesses including: Stonepine Estate, Valley Hills Nursery, Doug & Lisa Steiny: Sotheby’s International, Hawk Ridge, The Camp at Carmel Valley, M.J. Murphy Lumber and Hardware, Del Monte Fine Art, UPS Mid-Valley, and Aabha Indian Cuisine.
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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
Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
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Sincerely,
Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
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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.

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