Fort Ord Rec Users
Summary of Project Description

Monterey Salinas Transit in partnership with the Redevelopment Agency plan to build a 58-acre heavy commercial development. MST will occupy 25 acres on Parcel I where it expects to build its three-story administration building, a two-story bus repair facility, and 15 acres of lighted parking for its bus fleet. This $90 million project is not a transit facility for ridership. Approximately 2200 trees will be cleared on Lot 1.

The balance of the heavy commercial project will consist of roads and Lots 2 through 16, which are expected to be developed as needed for new businesses.


forU Objections to Project

Fort Ord Rec Users supports MST and supports its endeavors to build its facility at an alternative location.

The current project location is a woodland forest with 4400 coast-live-oak trees and within sprinting distant of the Bureau of Land Management’s recreational open space to the east and planned CSUMB student housing to the west.

Continued advocacy against this project remains a focus of
forU, as this development at this location will sever and destroy the woodland and the greenway between the coastal trails and the interior open space.

The development will obliterate the Sgt Allan MacDonald Cavalry Trail, its greenway, and the sole trail system connecting the BLM’s 82 miles of trails with the Marina Equestrian Center, the Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and coastal trails.


Current Status

On June 14, 2011, the Board of Supervisors voted to continue Monterey- Salinas Transit and the County of Monterey Redevelopment Agency Appeal to July 12, 2011, hearing with the intent to approve

It is expected that after staff comments at the July 12 meeting the supervisors will (a) approve rezoning of 58 acres on Intergarrison from open space to heavy commercial use; (b) approve a permit to clear 3400 to 4400 trees; and (c) certify the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the development.

Absent legal action or other means of stopping the project, the 58-acre industrial development at the intersection of Intergarrison and Seventh Avenue on former Fort Ord will happen. Placement at this site will adversely and severely limit rec use and destroy the natural habitat.


Public Hearings

April 13, 2011 Monterey County Planning Commission denied the application to rezone from open space to heavy commercial and denied the permit to destroy 4400 trees on April 13, 2011.
The Planning Commission directed MST and County Redevelopment Agency to find an alternative site for this development.

·
Video of the Monterey County Planning Commission Rejecting MST-Whispering Oaks.

· View the 4-13-11 Resolution from the Planning Commission, see page 5. 

June 14, 2011 Monterey County Board of Supervisors continued the Appeal to its July 12, 2011 meeting with the intent to approve rezoning from open space to heavy commercial, the permit to destroy 3400 trees, and the EIR.

· Video of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors June 14th Meeting

· View the 6-14-11 Agenda from Monterey County Board of Supervisors Hearing

July 12, 2011 Monterey County Board of Supervisors granted the MST and Redevelopment Agency appeal approving rezoning from open space to heavy commercial, the permit to destroy 3400 trees, and the EIR.

· Video of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors July 12th Meeting

· View the 7-12-11 Agenda from Monterey County Board of Supervisors Hearing
MST/Whispering Oaks Development:

KSBW Supports forU in its Battle Against the MST/Whispering Oaks Project!!
  

  KSBW Editorial: Pick Your Battles - Ft. Ord Oaks?
PETITION FOR REFERENDUM IS CERTIFIED by Department of Elections

With 17,701 signatures delivered to the County Clerk on August 9 we more than met our goal!

The Department of Elections has verified a minimum of 10,100 of these signatures are from Monterey County voters. The Board of Supervisors will (a) repeal its decision of July 12, 2011; or (b) put the referendum on the June 2012 ballot. Our successful petition places the MST/Whispering Oaks Business Park back into the political process.

ForU continues to urge the Board of Supervisors, County Redevelopment Agency and MST to put this project at a more suitable location. 

Thank you to forU volunteers. 


Please attend the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the MST/Whispering Oaks Development!

     Date: January 24th
      Time: 1:30 PM
     Location: 168 W. Alisal St.
                         Salinas, CA  93901  
      Agenda: http://publicagendas.co.monterey.ca.us/

The Petition for a Referendum was certified. The Board of Supervisors will either repeal its approval of the MST /whispering Oaks Business Park or the matter will be on the June 2012 ballot.

ForU wants to take this opportunity to reaffirm its position:

We support MST and public transit.
We urge MST to find an alternative site for its administrative and maintenance facilities.
We recognize the trails and open space of former Fort Ord as an important regional resource.
forU Success!

Our Referendum Petition, with almost 18,000 signatures in opposition to Board of Supervisor approval of the MST/Whispering Oaks Development on a 58-acre oak woodland, sent a resounding message! On February 14, 2012, with a 4-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors reversed its prior approval of the project and de-certified the EIR.

Taking the lead in reversal of the July 12, 2011 project approval was Supervisor Lou Calgagno. Joining forU in the demand that this land shall remain “as is.”


Fort Ord Rec Users continues to support MST and its endeavor to build a facility that meets its employees’ needs and enhances its service to riders in Monterey County at one of many more suitable locations.

Thank you to forU volunteers who contributed so much to the success of our efforts to preserve this natural habitat and the “beach to BLM land” trail corridor.



History of our efforts:

Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the MST/Whispering Oaks Development
Date: February 14, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 168 W.Alisal Street
                   Salinas, CA 93901


The Petition for a Referendum was certified. On February 14 the Board of Supervisors will either repeal its
approval of the MST/Whispering Oaks Business Park or the matter will be on the June 2012 ballot.

ForU wants to take this opportunity to reaffirm its position:
We support MST and public transit.
We urge MST to find an alternative site for its administrative and maintenance facilities.
We recognize the trails and open space of former Fort Ord as an important regional resource.