December 8, 2021 – Monterey Herald

History posts are not required for the Pacific Grove hotel project

Ms Cohen makes exaggerated arguments in her letter of November 28 calling for history poles for the development of ATC in Pacific Grove. History posts are not required for the ATC project as determined by our highly knowledgeable municipal staff. ATC engineers and architects provided excellent renderings of the project, allowing intelligent assessment of the visual impact of the project. More importantly, the ATC project does not require a single deviation, which means that the development falls within the allowable and acceptable development envelope as defined by the established ordinance. The ATC redevelopment of this space is a beautifully crafted and crafted reuse of what has been an eyesore for over 50 years. Let him go ahead.

– David Blaskovich, Pacific Grove

Building housing, not a hotel, on the American Tin Cannery site

The planning commission of PG considers the poles of history to be “dangerous”. Can I suggest a series of captive balloons? It is implausible to me how much the inhabitants of the neighboring districts can be in favor of this project (for me) ridiculous and exaggerated.

Besides the height, weight, depth of the project; despite the destruction of the trees, the noise, the traffic during and after the project and the foreseeable damage to the life of the port, where will the employees live? How are they going to commute? Where are they going to park?

It is unreasonable for developers and planners to, once again, put tourism ahead of residents. Has the concept of affordable housing ever been considered? Across the country, old empty shopping centers are being redeveloped into housing.

– Elaine Giampietro, Monterey

Short-term rentals in the area should be monitored

As a full time resident in zip code 93924, I am strongly in favor of monitoring short term rentals so that they stop multiplying and taking over quiet neighborhoods. There is a big difference in impact between commercially run houses, which frequently become party houses shared by groups of people bringing multiple cars, noise and garbage when they relax in our rural environment, and residents who are present in a guest house, a suite or a room. on their property is rented. The first pushes up real estate prices and shrinks the community.

This year I had to bring in neighbors for a ride on occasion, when I was too ill to drive myself. There is no Uber or taxi near my home. Neighbors watch over each other. People who come for a weekend or a fun week in the valley do not build relationships with the owners nearby.

I prefer to stay in an Airbnb rather than a hotel when traveling to different parts of this country and abroad due to the small scale and the personalized character of the places. I also appreciate tips from the host and sometimes even a courtesy ride. I support this kind of experience. In Carmel Valley, however, most vacation rentals are not offered by resident owners but by absent owners.

I encourage county supervisors to vote unanimously in favor of the proposed pilot program for District 5 starting in January 2022 that will address this issue. Many thanks to Mary Adams, county staff and the Carmel Valley Association for helping to find solutions to a problem of lack of enforcement of existing ordinances.

– Kathryn Greenwald, Carmel Valley

Rural district transformed into business district

We live in the middle of the Carmel Valley next to Garland Park on a private road 1.8 km from Carmel Valley Road. Our neighborhood consists of four plots. We share the road and a private water system with our three neighbors, two of whom are currently renting out their homes for short term vacation rentals. A neighbor has stayed in a trailer at the Monterey Fairgrounds while renting out his house by the week for the past five years. Neither neighbor has an administrative permit for the transitional use of residential property. We moved to our residence 32 years ago for privacy. Our neighborhood is a business district. We do not believe that this type of use should be allowed.

We want action taken to limit this type of use in residential areas and would appreciate any direction regarding short term residential rentals that Monterey County can give us.

– Kelly Norwood-Saunders, Carmel Valley

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