Chapter hires law firm to handle Pebble Beach appeal
The Ventana Chapter has hired the San Francisco law firm of Tom
N. Lippe to handle its appeal to the Coastal Commission of the environmentally-destructive
Pebble Beach development. Besides the Ventana Chapter, 21 additional
organizations and individuals, including two Coastal Commissioners,
have filed appeals over Monterey County's approval of the Pebble
Beach Company's massive proposed development plan.
This harmful project would destroy over 17,000 trees, threaten
habitat for 19 species of special concern, and result in increased
water usage in an area already suffering from a severe water shortage
and over drafting of the Carmel River.
Our 11-page appeal focuses on violations in the Monterey Local
Coastal Plan. We believe that that existing Local Coastal Plan,
instead of Measure A, must be used to govern the environmental requirements
of the project, as Measure A has not been certified by the Coastal
The Pebble Beach Company plan is a sprawling, harmful project in
an area of unique and sensitive forest, dunes and coastline. Nestled
in the largest existing remnant of rare Monterey pine forest, this
subdivision of luxury houses and commercial real estate is already
encroaching on plant and animal species of concern.
When the Spanish Bay housing development and golf course was approved
by the Coastal Commission 21 years ago, the community was promised
that it would be the "last golf course" in Pebble Beach.
At that time, several critical conservation easements were attached
to parcels to protect them from development. Promises were made
to restore coastal dunes, to replant the Sawmill Borrow site with
Monterey pines, and to institute an invasive plant removal system.
These pledges were later described by the Pebble Beach Company as
"unworkable" and fell apart while lavish sums were spent
instead on the construction of ornate buildings and the design and
maintenance of a world-class golf course.
The Club's appeal covers these concerns and challenges several
other aspects of this project. We are concerned about the massive
amounts of proposed grading, the devastation of Environmentally
Sensitive Habitat Areas by the removal of 17,000 trees and 36,000
individual federally-listed Yadon piperia plants, and the encroachment
and displacement of existing trail routes.
Some of the other groups that have filed appeals are California
Coastkeeper Alliance; California Native Plant Society, Monterey
Bay Chapter; Concerned Residents of Pebble Beach; Friends of the
Sea Otter; League of Women Voters of the Monterey Peninsula; Helping
Our Peninsula's Environment (HOPE) and The Ocean Conservancy.
To view our entire appeal, please click here.
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