Segment for KAZU Radio
Aired 5. March 2005
New Development on the Former Fort Ord: The Highway 1 Corridor
I'm Carrie Mann.
Very soon an issue will come up for vote on the FORA Board agenda that
could have significant implications for development on the former army
base. It is the issue of the Highway 1 corridor through the former base,
which runs from Seaside to Marina. Contentious is the subject of signage
along the highway. This may sound mundane but it has been a point on which
our Congressman and local Mayors have had much debate.
What is significant are the wishes of the Congressman as well as Carmel
and Monterey to keep the corridor scenic, without commercial signs visible
to those passing through. Seaside and Marina on the other hand, both cities
that will develop along highway 1, would like to have the option for businesses
to put up signs visible to drivers.
Eight different local cities have voting representatives on the FORA Board,
and the decision for what type of signs the Board is going to allow along
Highway 1 will come next Friday.
The real issue here is keeping the delicate balance laid out in the Fort
Ord Base Reuse Plan. The Plan was a careful compromise between development
for the benefit of the community, versus protection of our beautiful coastal
land. This issue will come up for a final vote this coming Friday, March
11th at 4pm. If a compromise is not found, if one extreme wins out over
the other, it has the potential of tipping that balance so carefully crafted
in the Reuse Plan.
Learn more about the Board meeting and Highway 1 on the Sustainable Base
Reuse Institute website: basereuse.org.
For KAZU, I'm Carrie Mann.