Monterey County

Monterey County to review Pebble Beach affordable housing appeal

Pebble Beach affordable housing project appeal rejected

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - The Monterey County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to move forward with a 24-unit affordable housing project that had been presented by the Pebble Beach Company.

Susan McCance is all for having an affordable housing complex in her Pebble Beach neighborhood. She just thinks there is a better location than the proposed wooded area in the Del Monte Forest.

"The Pebble Beach Company has tried to get affordable housing into this area -- which I am totally for -- however, the location I am not for," said McCance.

The project, to be built on land owned by the Pebble Beach Company, was approved by the county in June, but the plan calls for the removal of 725 trees, and that is something neighbors weren't too happy with.

With the complaint in mind, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors heard an appeal Tuesday from Del Monte Neighbors United regarding the site, which is called Area D.

"It's not Area D or nothing," said Pearl Kan, an attorney representing Del Monte Neighbors United. "That is the question before you."

Kan said her clients aren't against affordable housing. They just think there is better place that doesn't kill as many trees and has less of a traffic problem.

"The issue is that the site needs to be a proper site in the context of the range of alternatives presented," added Kan.

The Pebble Beach Company said it had done a full environmental report and determined that Area D was the best place for the project.

"We have come to the conclusion that building affordable housing in Area D is the best solution for our employees, the county and the community," said Mark Stillwell, with the Pebble Beach Company.

The other big concern over the project was water use, but the company said that wouldn't be problem because of their recycled water program, which, Stillwell said, "has restored more water to Carmel River than the applicant proposes to use."

The company also said it will save 145 acres of their land for open use, "while only 2 1/2 acres of poor habitat will be disturbed, and all for much-needed affordable housing," added Stillwell.

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