May 30, 2023

Celebrating 36 Years of Community Service

Our Newsletter Issue - The Voice - May-June 2023 is HERE  

Articles include: Four Seasons of Carmel, Changing Faces at CRA, Some Come and Go - While the Pine Cone Continues, A Moving Experience - Guest Contributor, CRA Beach Gathering Sunday June 11th, Feast in the Forest - OPA! - coming Saturday September 9th, Paid Parking & Traffic Management, CRA Hot Topics Membership Survey Coming in June, Enjoying Carmel Activities, Salute to Fred, Welcome David, Who's on First - Sacramento or Carmel? and more.  (printer tech issue delayed its arriving in your postal mail box - apologies)

May 16th City Council - Budget Workshop

For all interested in the Village's plan for FY 2023/24 income and expenses - Here is the YouTube and and Here are the supporting documents from this city update.  This conservative, very well prepared and delivered draft budget review will be refreshed for approval in the upcoming City Council Meeting June 6th at 4:30 PM.  Note: This June City Council Meeting will also include a progress report on the Design Traditions Steering Committee (Carmel Architecture).

May 18th  CRA's Members Only Annual Meeting 

   Graeme Robertson, our CRA President and Host, opened our annual meeting reinforcing our mission and sincere appreciation for our >850 members - especially welcoming 40 new members just since this January!
   Board Member Tom Parks extended CRA's appreciation for the Carmel Library with a Lifetime Achievement Award for all they do for our Community - that was graciously received by Ashlee Wright - Director of Library and Activities. For more details on this award click here.
   Board Member - Cindy Lloyd shared the story of Sarah Cook as her life and times opened the door to her as the proprietor of Café Carmel embracing this locations' Village provenance receiving this year's the Business Recognition Award. For more on the presentation of this award and Sarah's story click here.
   As promised, Graeme then welcomed our Mayor Dave Potter and City Administrator Chip Rerig - beginning with their opening comments on the state of the Village plus a Q&A centering on the challenges ahead with the preparation of the upcoming Housing Element to meet our RHNA allocation and the critical needs for water, retaining local control and more. 
             For more pictures and details on the Annual Meeting click here.

May 24th Housing/RHNA Community Meeting   

This meeting focused on reviewing target locations for new housing in our village and programs to incent housing for property owners.  The City's initial target sites will exceed the required plan for our Village #349 RHNA new housing unit allocation and does not require rezoning. This is good news but there are more details anticipated and needed as this plan evolves.

HERE is the Agenda. 
HERE is the Video Recording. 
HERE are the PowerPoint Slides. 
HERE is the Carmel Pine Cone article with great meeting & project highlights. 

Take the new City's Survey on Housing at this link
Plus our CRA Housing webpage is updated with the latest too. 

The next Housing Element/RHNA Meeting will be held June 15th at 5:30 in Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center with Zoom option.  The City is planning to release the Draft 2023-2031 6th Cycle Housing Element Update approximately June 1st for a 30-day public comment period. At the close of the 30-day public comment period, City staff will incorporate comments and present a summary of changes at the City Council at the July 11 City Council meeting. Then our Housing Element will be submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for a 90-day review period. Explore the City's project website ( for more.

A Few Images from Recent City Events.... 
Carmel Art Festival and Memorial Day, both in Devendorf Park

Coming Up - Please Join Us
June 11th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM for Members-Only Beach Gathering

We gather (plus behaved 4 legged family members too) at the bottom of the 13th Avenue stairs in Cooke's Cove on Carmel City Beach for a Sunday afternoon beverage - Wine or Beer on us (donations always welcome). Past year's picture's and our gathering details are available HERE

More Upcoming Summer City & Area Events To Partake!

  • Surf About at Carmel City Beach - June 2-3 - For event details click HERE
  • Carmel Culinary Week - June 2-10 - For event details and tickets click HERE
  • Monterey Wine Makers Celebration - June 10 - Dolores south of Ocean - For event details and tickets click HERE.
  • Independence Day - July 4th Celebration with Monterey Pops in Devendorf Park - for event details click HERE.
  • US Woman's Open at Pebble Beach July 6-9 -  For tickets & more click HERE
  • Carmel's Bach Festival - July 15-29 - For tickets, schedules & more click HERE.
  • Car Week - Aug 11-20 - For details, tickets & event rosters click HERE.

And as usual, CRA Hosts the Carmel Beach Clean Up every 3rd Saturday 9:30 to Noon at Del Mar Park at the End of Ocean Ave. Please volunteer here too.  And CRA Hosts a Community Table at the weekly Farmers Market on the last Thursday of each month from 10-2.  Please stop by 

     For those of you who plan ahead - check out the CRA home page for more events and meetings you won't want to miss. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Reply or email to [email protected] 

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