County and Carmel Valley Association Settle Traffic Lawsuit
September 26, 2012
A legal challenge to the way the county counts traffic on Carmel Valley Road has been settled.
The county's general plan, GPU10, had replaced a historic traffic-counting method that looked at average daily traffic with one that focused on rush-hour congestion. But the Carmel Valley Association saw that as a way to artificially raise the acceptable level of traffic, making it easier for developers to subdivide in the high-end area.
The settlement directs the county to consider amending the Carmel Valley Master Plan to use both the historic and the new traffic-counting methods. That "will ease concerns in Carmel Valley that the county might bypass traffic congestion as a serious issue in the consideration of new development plans," according to the CVA press release.
It also reduces the number of new units allowed in Carmel Valley from 266 to 190, and requires the county to pay CVA's attorney fees.
The changes, however, are not final until they are approved by the County Board of Supervisors, which is expected to consider the proposed GPU10 revisions later this year.
Two other lawsuits challenging GPU10, filed by Landwatch and The Open Monterey Project, are still active.