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CPOA Newsletter September 2003
CPOA's Annual General Meeting
CPOA announces our annual meeting at the Grange. Residents and Property Owners in Big Sur are invited to attend this evening of information sharing. The Big Sur Bakery will provide food and drink from 5PM till 6PM prior to the presentation. Please be our guest and join us to meet the presenters and your neighbors for casual discussion.
Important Multi-Agency Advisory Council Meeting --- This Friday
The Big Multi-Agency Advisory Council meeting this Friday September 26, 2003 will be significant for the future of Big Sur. The meeting will be in the Conference Room at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park at 10:00 AM and we encourage all residents and property owners to attend.
It is important that Big Sur be heard on the following two agenda items:
The Coast Highway Management Plan
The CHMP is important because it will become the guiding document for a new organization (yet to be formed) that will administer the Big Sur All American Road, part of the federal Scenic Byways program. The Big Sur All American Road runs from the Carmel River to a few miles south of the San Luis Obispo County line.
The Big Sur community has asked for changes to the draft CHMP in written testimony. However, CalTrans appears unwilling to comply. CalTrans has indicated they will not include in the CHMP:
The September 26 meeting is Big Sur's last chance to convince CalTrans to include these changes in the CHMP. Please let them know what you think.
The Monterey County General Plan Update
Monterey County is updating its General Plan. The GPU will replace the Big Sur Coast Land Use Plan as the planning document controlling land use in Big in Big Sur.
General Plan staff has been meeting with the Big Sur and South Coast Land Use Advisory Committees to review GPU policies that affect Big Sur. Staff has been outstanding, however, more time is needed to complete the job.
Moreover, some policies proposed by the Land Use Advisory Committees were rejected without sufficient replacement. For example, policies intended to slow the buyout of private land were rejected by the County.
We owe Supervisor Potter a rousing thank you for directing GPU staff to work with our Land Use Advisory Committees. We need to ask him to allow the process to continue so the job may be completed.
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See you at the annual meeting on October 6th!