Use of Sloped Areas in Monterey County

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Use of Sloped Areas of Monterey County



Summary


The current update for the Monterey County land use plan is being reviewed and open for comment until February 2, 2009. One issue is the use of sloped areas in the county, which are currently restricted, but not always explicitly. The updated plan calls for a permit process that would be required of any conversion of slopes greater than 25% to agricultural land uses. Development of such lands for residences or commercial uses will be prohibited or restricted, depending on the subarea of the county. The pending permit process has had the effect of pressuring property owners to begin tilling marginal high-slope lands so that use will be "grandfathered in", bypassing the permit process.


Location


Monterey County is on the central coast of California,