Monterey County Issues & Actions:
Monterey County’s most significant land use challenge is insuring adequate housing, properly located and affordable to ordinary persons. Simply building lots more houses, wherever the land is cheap (usually farmland), does not produce the housing we need. That strategy produces bedroom communities, and is a sure route to sprawl. There are solutions that have been effective elsewhere. LandWatch supports community investment in housing, innovative infill designs, inclusionary housing requirements, and permanent affordability covenants.
LandWatch Launches Affordable Housing Research
Housing policy and the provision of affordable housing have been among LandWatch's top priorities since our founding in 1997. Last year we began to collect data on housing in Monterey County in order to better understand what we can do to address the critical shortage of affordable and workforce housing. View the data. (05.25.17)
Supply and Support of Affordable Housing Projects
In examining housing prices, supply is clearly an issue. But so is demand. What drives demand for housing in Monterey County? Jobs, second (vacation) homes, investment homes, and other market forces. LandWatch supported the construction of several affordable housing projects, including: Pebble Beach, Tanimura & Antle, and Salinas Inclusionary Housing. (05.25.17)
Monterey County Housing, Not Affordable
The California Association of Realtors released results on the county’s median income. It appears those that earn $58,980 a year can only qualify for a mortgage loan for a home costing $298,120 or lower. That means there are only two places you can afford to live: King City and Greenfield. (08.20.15)
LandWatch Urges Stronger GPU Affordable Housing Policies
LandWatch is urging stronger affordable housing policies in the Monterey County General Plan. Here is the proposal LandWatch made to the GPU Refinement Group for its August 28, 2003 meeting. (posted 08.26.03)
Housing Prices and Growth Management
This article was written in response to a letter to the editor that appeared in the Santa Cruz County PDC Newsletter. It points out that sound land use and growth management policies are not the cause of Monterey Countyís rising housing prices. (posted 05/22/02)
Recommendations To Mayors Ad Hoc Housing Committee (05/01/01)
Here are four specific suggestions on how local governments can help ensure the production of more affordable housing, housing that can be afforded by persons with average and below average incomes. The Mayors Ad Hoc Committee received over one hundred suggestions, and many of them are good. LandWatch will continue to work and advocate for strong affordable housing policies.
Housing Needs Forums Are Coming Up! (03/07/01)
If you'd like to get involved in housing issues in Monterey County, plan on attending one of these upcoming meetings.
Cooperative Action Needed On State Housing Allocation (8/3/00)
LandWatch is urging local and state elected officials to work cooperatively to establish realistic housing figures for Monterey County.
Center for Community Advocacy Accord
Ag Land Preservation Group and Affordable Housing Group Announce Historic Accord
LandWatch has joined forces with the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), a Salinas-based farmworker advocacy group. In an historic accord, CCA and LandWatch have agreed to work together on affordable housing and urban growth boundaries, so that development interests can no longer pit "the environment" against the absolutely legitimate need for affordable housing. (07.29.99)
Fort Ord Housing
It's Time To Contact FORA Board Members
The Board of Directors of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority will vote on July 11th on a set of affordable housing policies that could have an incredibly positive impact, if adopted. Here's how to contact FORA Board Members by phone, email, or regular mail. (posted 07.06.03)
LandWatch Supports Farr Affordable Housing Recommendations
This long letter provides a detailed legal and policy justification for the affordable housing policies that the FORA Board will consider on July 11, 2003. (posted 07.05.03)
Farr Recommendations Would Mandate Affordable Housing on Fort Ord
Currently, FORA makes no specific requirement that affordable housing be constructed on the Former Fort Ord. That's left up to the local jurisdictions. Sam Farr's recommendations would change all that! (posted 07.05.03)
LandWatch Authors Joint Letter on Fort Ord Housing
Congress Member Sam Farr has proposed that at least 50% of the housing constructed at the former Fort Ord should be affordable to local working families, and should be capable of purchase or rental by persons with average and below average incomes. LandWatch applauds this effort, and has authored a "sign on" letter joined by many groups.