Feb 12, 2023

Celebrating 36 Years of Community Service

Please Help Us Welcome a New Addition to our CRA Board

Welcome JC Myers to the CRA Board of Directors. A family man, snow skier, avid volley ball player, and volunteer in organizations, events and programs throughout our Village.  (PS:  We look to you for new board nominations.  Details available on this web page.)

BIG TOPICS ...Ready Set, Here They Come!
Your Opinions Are Important

Tuesday February 28th 5:30-7:30 PM Carmel City SPECIAL Housing Element Workshop in Council Chambers - Visit our Housing topic page for relevant updates, independent resources, document links and more.  Your participation and input is critical for the future of expanded housing in our Village.

Architecture in Carmel - Design Traditions Project - now with 1st DRAFTs of the Design Guidelines out for review & feedback steps.  Click the Architecture link for details on next steps, public reviews and document links.  Your comments are critical to the future of new building projects in our Village.

5th&Dolores (aka Ulrika Plaza) - Review of their project is targeted for Planning Commission March 8th. Plans are submitted for review with document links shown on this page.

Address in Carmel Project, what's next?  The Carmel Post Master is planned to speak at the March 7th City Council.

Wednesday March 1st  - SPECIAL Planning Commission Session in Council Chambers - for comments on new draft Telecom/Wireless Ordinance (drafts to be posted this week). Your input is critical to minimize visual clutter and proliferation of cell towers in the Residential Neighborhoods in our Village.

Beyond These Civic Meetings ... Enjoy These! 

Wednesday Feb 22nd 6:30 PM - Join us when CRA Hosts, the authors of "Humbled, How Monterey Bay Escaped Industrial Ruin" by Glenn Church & Katheryn McKenzie. This program celebrates the power of noteworthy local environmental activists. Open to the Public - details here.  

Sunday Mar 26th 2-4PM - Join us to celebrate and honor our next Carmel's Citizen of the Year.  Open to the Public - details here.

And for your early April calendar....(food, earth & run)

April 5th, 4:30 to 6:00PM Join us at the next CRA's Members Only No Host Gathering  at La Balena (Junipero between 5th & 6th). Details here.

Saturday April 22nd - Carmel's Public Works Celebrates - Earth Day in Devendorf Park - more to follow.

Sunday April 30th The annual Big Sur Marathon

Events, Programs & Items You May Have Missed

Thursday Jan 26 CRA proudly Hosted "Experience the Monterey Bay as Seen by early California Artists".  This great program celebrates our area's natural beauty through renowned local painters, presented by locals professor Cynthia Weick and artist/gallery owner Joaquin Turner. The YouTube is available HERE for your enjoyment with more details and pictures are available HERE.

Thursday, Feb 2 CRA's No Host Gathering at Seventh & Dolores. Once again a great gathering!  All of our recent No-Hosts & pictures are shown HERE.

The Chief Needs 10 Minutes....

If you haven't yet, our Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer needs your input.  Residents of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea (full or part time)...please complete this Fire Department survey - HERE. 

City Strategic Priority Planning Workshop

This Jan 31st workshop was the first annual session for City Council and City Department leaders to hear directly from us and us from them – on how to prioritize, optimize and balance the City resources of people, time, and dollars to the needs throughout our Village.

The Youtube video can be found here.  The agenda docs are here.  A strong contingent of citizens participated throughout this 6 hour session.  

Administrator Chip Rerig targets providing a summary of Workshop findings in the March City Council. 

San Carlos Street Median Islands Workshop    Thumbs Down and...

This Jan 26th Community Workshop was held on proposed San Carlos Medians & Bike Route - Slides presented are HERE.  There was strong community attendance (30+) and opinions too.  Nearly, if not, all residents gave a resounding "thumbs down" on all of the median options reviewed.  Also, attendees were not supporters of the "Bike Route" marking and signage.  These findings will circle back to appropriate Council and Commissions. 

Regular City Council Meeting – February 7th 
                           Youtube video HERE  Agenda packet HERE

Some of the topics included approval of the following:
1. acceptance of the Housing Feasibility Report (drafted by consultant ECONorthwest),in preparation for updated Housing Element.
2. approval of the Consulting engagement for the drafting of the Housing Element with EMC Planning
3. approval of the Consulting engagement for our Traffic and Parking Management project (B.Uhler's Municipal Resource Group)
4. go-head with a new RFP for architectural firms expert in Police Department design
5. updates to Municipal Codes prohibiting timeshare and fractional interests uses, advertising and sale. 

...and so it goes... on and on...

More great local events keep surfacing.  So “follow” Carmel Residents Association Facebook page – where we & members post news, 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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