Mr. Charles Lester, Deputy District Director
Subject: Pebble Beach Company’s pending Application - PLN040160 Amendment to
Dear Mr. Lester,
On April 25, 2005 we forwarded to your office an Appeal From Coastal Permit Decision of Local Government document outlining reasons why the Pebble Beach Company’s proposed major projects in Del Monte Forest should not be approved.. We have learned that PLN040160, the subject proposed Amendment to the Spanish Bay Coastal Development Permit PC-5040 is not an item for coastal permit action and that the proposed changes to the Spanish Bay coastal permit must be submitted separately by the applicant (PB Co.) to the Coastal Commission staff.
Our organization is opposed to any amendment to Permit PC-5040 and changes in the conditions governing the Sawmill Borrow Site. Conditions of approval Number 8, 9 and 10 relating to grading, seeding and vegetation of the Sawmill Borrow and Conditions 13(s) and 13(t) relating to restoration and utilization of the Sawmill Borrow Site should NOT be deleted . We also oppose the action taken by County Supervisors in Resolution No. 05-063 to allow a new commercial Equestrian Center and special event parking on the Sawmill Borrow Site.
The existing Monterey County and Coastal Commission scenic easements on the Upper and Lower Sawmill sites should NOT be amended or deleted. They were established for the preservation of open space forest, re-vegetation and low intensity recreation. The easement documents clearly state... “a permanent conservation easement for preservation of natural and scenic resources”.
The use of the Sawmill Borrow site for a commercial equestrian center and special event parking will have an adverse impact on the environment and quality of the adjoining established residential areas in Del Monte Forest and Del Monte Park in Pacific Grove.
It is respectfully requested that the subject proposed amendment be denied.
cc: Peter Douglas, Exec. Director
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