Nov 20, 2022

For Carmel-by-the-Sea Area Residents for 35 Years

REMINDER - it's the last days and last reservations for CRA Members Holiday Gala, Friday December 9th at La Playa.  Only 25 places remain!  Act now!


All of the details of our Annual Holiday Gala are available on this link

To Join Us - Members confirm your spot by registering to attend, with your welcome guest(s*) of 1, 2 or 3, with your meal options and $85 per person payment online.  *Your guests can be members or non-members

Select your main dish: 
1.   Roasted Chicken, served with Brussel sprouts, mushrooms and marbled mashed potatoes
2.   Alaska Salmon, served atop a bed of Israeli couscous, seasonal vegetables, light harissa sauce, and blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes
3.   Mushroom Risotto, with blend of wild mushrooms, roasted Gilroy garlic and fresh herbs

And your desert option, served with coffee:
A. Lemon meringue tart
B. Chocolate truffle marquise cake

Registration & Pay Online Here
You will be prompted for Your CRA Username, which is 

Alternatively, call Nancy at 650-740-3477 who can answer any questions or take your registration, meal selections and payment details live.

And a big thanks to all of you who've already registered.  We're looking forward to celebrating with you all on December 9th!

 Don't Forget - Friday Dec 2nd The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea welcomes everyone to the annual Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Event at Devendorf Park from 3 to 7 PM. 


November Events - photo clips!

Nov 3rd CRA Members No Host Gathering at Edwins 
Nov 11th Veterans Day Celebrations held in Devendorf Park
Nov 19th Craftapalooza (aka Homecrafters) in 4 locations about town
Nov 24th Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours 


Highlights From Our City Commissions, Councils and More At Work

City Council Nov 1st

City Council Agenda is here and the youtube is here. 
Non-Agenda open comments included mention of the passing of former Mayor Charlotte Townsend, appreciation for everyone's efforts for the Annual Halloween events and comments on Carmel addresses.
Agenda items included: Chief Ward covered feedback report on the Aug 2023 Car Week, Design Traditions Strategy Paper update, interim extension to the current Beach Fire Pilot Program (to bridge until May of 2023, while a parallel effort will continue on propane only long term program is crafted and reviewed), local Hazard Mitigation Plan, agreement between Monterey County and our City on State supplied funding for housing, building codes first reading, and HRB board member qualification expansion.

Design Traditions Steering Committee Meetings Nov 3rd & 18th

This team effort continues to work to guide new inputs and topics to be covered in the refresh of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Design Guidelines & Zone Updates.

Please visit the Carmel Architecture page on our website for more on these meetings and findings.
Nov 3rd The published agenda is here and YouTube is here
Nov 18th The published agenda is here and Youtube is here.

Forest & Beach Commission on Nov 10th

Not routinely covered, but a topic of community interest was the proposed "Median Islands on South San Carlos" that drew significant comments on this project proposal. The Commission and City Staff concluded that a workshop for this item is likely the best next step. If you want to catch up on this item, the agenda is here, the youtube is here (go to the 30 minute mark). 

Ad Hoc Committee Housing Element Update Public Meeting Nov 17th

Please visit the Housing page on our website for more on this topic and meeting  findings. Nov 17th was the initial meeting with more to come. Here are the  meeting Slides and the Youtube Recording including expanded public comments.

Every 8 years, required by California State Law, our City must update the Housing Element of our General Plan. Our next update is due by December 2023.  With the most recent RHNA #'s (Regional Housing Needs Allocation of 349 housing units for Carmel-by-the-Sea), the challenge is to include updates that reflect targets, feasibility, processes and incentives to increase the density of our 1 square mile village, with scarce open space. Our City is not responsible for building new housing; this is the role of developers and property owners.

As crafted by Ad Hoc Council Members Karen Ferlito & Boby Richards with City Planning Staff... “The mission of the Housing Ad Hoc Committee is to provide guidance as the City updates the Housing Element of its General Plan. The Committee will participate in public outreach and education; consider opportunities and incentives for the development of affordable housing; and explore creative, tailored solutions to meet the City’s workforce and range of other housing needs while preserving the character of Carmel by-the-Sea”

Find the latest on CARMEL CITY HOT TOPICS on CRA webpages (many updated in the last weeks with findings from City Council, Ad Hoc & Steering Committee Meetings)

Standard Addresses HERE 
Architecture in Carmel (includes Design Traditions 1.5 project) HERE
Housing Element Update with RHNA Project HERE
Parking Management
(Paid Parking) HERE
Short Term Rentals (includes Pacaso) HERE
Wireless/Telecom Ordinance Updates HERE

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

 More great local events keep surfacing.  Be sure to “follow” Carmel Residents Association Facebook page – where we & members post photos and notices of great area activities and more. And visit our CRA Calendar page too. 

Your suggestions and comments are always welcome

Carmel Residents Association
PO Box 13, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
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