Segment for KAZU Radio
A majority of the FORA board voted to adopt the Highway 1 design guidelines. These Guidelines lay out what landscaping, setbacks and signs will look like along Route 1. The issue of signs was most contentious. The adopted Guidelines will restrict unsightly advertising. This vote was the culmination of a three year process, lead by FORA, to put down guidelines on which the region's cities, and the County could agree.
Also contentious was the issue of a California Scenic Highway designation, the implications of which are not clear but would certainly further protect the vistas. An amendment was added to the Guidelines and the cities will explore the possibility.
for Fort Ord re-use are laid out in the Base Reuse Plan. The Plan is an
attempt to balance the needed economic re-development for the region,
with preservation of the ecology and beauty of the area. Seaside and Marina
bore the brunt of economic loss when Fort Ord closed in 1994. They are
trying to recover and grow through Fort Ord redevelopment. Commercial
development along Highway 1 could bring badly needed revenue to the cities.
On the other hand, most local cities agree, that preserving the coastal
beauty is important. In the case of Highway 1, decision makers came to
a compromise to preserve this delicate balance.
last updated: March 2005
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