Supes Approve Traffic Settlement with Carmel Valley Association
February 14, 2013
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the county's settlement with Carmel Valley Association, which had sued over the county's method of traffic-counting on Carmel Valley Road.
The county's general plan, GPU10, had replaced a historic traffic-counting method looking at average daily traffic with one that focused on rush-hour congestion. The result, according to the association, was the artificial skewing of the acceptable level of traffic in a way that favored subdivision developments.
The mediated settlement directs the county to amend the Carmel Valley Master Plan to use both the historic and the new traffic-counting methods. It also reduces the number of new units allowed in Carmel Valley from 266 to 190, reinstates language about the removal of protected trees, and clarifies the slope development limits.
The supes approved the settlement as written Feb. 12, despite a recommendation from the county Planning Commission to reject the 190-unit cap.