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A Short History of Incorporation

Carmel Pine Cone -- Sept. 18, 2009

Dear Editor,

The idea of incorporating Carmel Valley as a city (later
revised to call it a town) was born in the frustrations of a
group of individuals who served on the Carmel Valley Land
Use Advisory Committee. Over time, the committee had coalesced
into a group of like-minded individuals who came to
believe they represented the interests and beliefs of the valley
as a whole and could therefore speak for all residents on
land use matters.

This view was not shared by the planning commission or
board of supervisors of Monterey County. The members of
these boards preferred to believe the committee was one
source of information, but not the only one. They had other
ways of hearing from valley residents, which gave them
information they could not ignore.

In time this festered into a breakdown of relations
between the committee and the county. The incorporation
drive was brought under way.

After suitable adjustments to ensure the capture of business-
related revenue from the mouth of the valley and a
ridge-line to ridge-line span for the other boundaries, the proposed
city was set to be (a) “awash in money” and (b) justified
as a responsible planning exercise. The Monterey
County Board of Supervisors was identified as the county
agency most responsible for the mishandling of Carmel
Valley over the years, and any valley residents who opposed
the incorporation were designated as supporters of developer

I assume this means there is no legitimate way of voicing
opposition to this incorporation. However, I think we now
know it is fiscally doomed to go the way of Quail Lodge and
other venues of local enterprise, so it may not matter.

Melvin J. Steckler, Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Sep 18, 09

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