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As Monterey County continues to grow, government polices on the use of land are under the vigilant eye of LandWatch, whose mission is to encourage development that betters the local economy and increases agricultural productivity, environmental health, and social equity—i.e., avoid urban sprawl, gridlock and erosion.

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YIMBYs Endorse California Forever


On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

Environmental Groups Appeal Sites Reservoir Ruling


A new round of litigation began when environmental groups opposed to the Sites reservoir in Colusa County filed an appeal on a ruling which dismissed their suit seeking to halt the project from proceeding.

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Land Use Watchdogs Sue the City of Seaside Over Its 2040 General Plan.

Yet again, the City of Seaside finds itself embroiled in a lawsuit over its attempts to develop the former Fort Ord, just over a week after City Council finalized an $850,000 settlement with Sacramento-based developer Paul Petrovich regarding his attempt…

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King City Beautification Week Kicks Off This Weekend

KING CITY — King City’s Beautification Week is just around the corner, and residents and businesses are urged to pick a project to beautify the town.

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Greenfield Company Receives $877K for Renewable Energy Production

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Market and Gas Inc. will receive $877,500 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help create infrastructure for the sale and production of renewable fuels.

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The Board of Supervisors Weigh in on the County's Overdue Housing Plan in a Rush to Get It to the State.

Under pressure to stay within California Department of Housing and Community Development's good graces, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors got their shot at reviewing the county's 2023-2031 housing plan on Tuesday, June 11, lopping off potentially troublesome sites for…

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The Bicycling Community Weighs in as City of Monterey Considers Making a New 135-Acre Park.

On April 1, the City of Monterey sent out a press release stating its intent to turn the 135-acre Old Capitol site off Highway 1 into a dinosaur amusement park.

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The Monterey County Planning Commission Gets Another Swing at a Problematic Housing Plan.

Within a week after the Monterey County Department of Housing and Community Development released its draft 2023-2031 Housing Element – a plan for adding more state-mandated housing units to the unincorporated areas of the county – critics were crying foul.…

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A North County Housing Case Inches Through the Criminal and Civil Court Process.

North County-based Ruvalcaba Nursery is a staple at farmers markets in nearby Watsonville and beyond, where owner Ana Ruvalcaba stands surrounded by colorful flowers as she peddles her wares.

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Salinas Valley Fair Unveils Renovated Expo Building

SALINAS VALLEY — Salinas Valley Fair has announced the completion of the extensive renovation of the Expo Building, marking a new chapter in its storied history.

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As Seaside Stumbles Through Trying to Develop Its Fort Ord Property, Liability Keeps Cropping Up.

The City of Seaside has long wrestled with questions about how best to grow, which is something that, to some extent, it must do: Back in the 1990s, when Fort Ord shut down, local municipalities accepted thousands of acres from…


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The Public Shore Protectors
Born amid controversy, this public agency is responsible for managing some of the most precious real estate in the world.
Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society
Zoning is everywhere, but is it a way to regulate development or a tool for social engineering?
How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland
From its earliest days as a state, California has been trying to turn marshes into productive land.
Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does
How a nuclear plant, a real estate development and an oil spill led to a landmark law.
The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land
Starting in 1976, the legislature began creating agencies to buy up open land, and keep it open.
Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law
54-year-old environmental law is often blamed for causing the state’s housing crisis. Is it getting a bad rap?
The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works
More than half of California farmland is under contracts that prevent its development.
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