Monterey Downs commercial concept

This conceptual illustration of the Monterey Downs commercial district was included in the Seaside Board of Architectural Review's July 15 agenda packet.

Sometimes, progress plods rather than gallops.

Monterey Downs, a proposed horse racetrack with accompanying residential and commercial development on some 500 acres of the former Fort Ord, took a small step forward July 15.

According to a July 20 report by Deputy City Manager Diana Ingersoll, the Seaside Board of Architectural Review (BAR) reached a "consensus…to recommend approval of the architectural design guidelines and development standards subject to the [Planning] Commission and [City] Council."

The board did ask the commission and council to consider a few suggested changes, like increasing the setback on small lots from 3.5 to 5 feet, ensuring outdoor metals are rust-resistant and expanding open-space areas within the development.

The public comment period for the Monterey Downs draft environmental impact report (EIR) has already closed. Consultants are currently working on the final EIR, which will include responses to those comments. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the final EIR when it is available.

Correction: This article was modified July 28 to clarify that the BAR did not make or adopt a motion on the design guidelines and development standards, but rather reached what a staff member called a "consensus." 

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