Conflicts with Neighborhood Character

The general character of the surrounding area in the DMF is defined by the consistent implementation of visionary, environmentally sensitive land-use policies for nearly a century. This project is thoroughly incompatible. Claims by proponents that only passing motorists will be affected or that acknowledged aesthetic degradation will be covered up by “native plantings” are spurious, particularly given the poor results of prior mitigation. Long-standing design and land use standards, which apply to every other development in the DMF, should not be so frivolously disregarded.

Surrounding land use and general character of the area

Single family homes on Ortega Rd. near project entrance

Single family homes on Ortega Rd. near project entrance

This DMF neighborhood is semi-rural consisting entirely of single-family homes on large lots (one quarter acre or more) dispersed throughout a forest. Most homes are owner-occupied. Roads are narrow and winding without sidewalks or streetlights, and the night time sky is dark. By deed restriction all properties since the 1920’s have been developed under strict design standards, a primary purpose of which is to ensure compatibility with neighboring properties and the community in general. Carports are prohibited and exterior lighting is discouraged as are structures which are in strong contrast or out of scale with neighboring residences. These standards are codified in the Architectural Standards and Residential Guidelines for the Del Monte Forest*

Project Incompatibility

Artists rendering of apartment building

Artist’s rendering of one of the four apartment buildings

The Project, on the other hand, is completely incompatible with existing land use and the general character of the area. It will introduce high-density, attached multifamily dwellings exclusively for rental use into an area where all homes are single family and most are owner-occupied. With a footprint of approximately 65,0000 square feet, it will occupy the space of eight quarter acre lots and is completely out of scale with the existing neighborhood. Due to mandatory minimum occupancy requirements, the project will likely generate a higher level of human activity and commotion relative to the tranquil environment of the surrounding area. It will also introduce light pollution to the dark nighttime sky, unacceptable levels of traffic, and prohibited carports.

* Architectural Standards and Residential Guidelines for the Del Monte Forest, Pebble Beach Company Real Estate Division.