Eastside Parkway: Development Threat


Vast areas of Fort Ord open space under the jurisdiction of Monterey County and the City of Seaside are scheduled for extensive development beginning in 2012. These developments will remove at least 50,000 Coast Live Oaks, displace or kill all wildlife and destroy an area that has been used for recreation by tens of thousands annually since the mid-1990’s. This is not a joke. These lands will be lost forever. Stand up and be heard. Go to a meeting and speak. Write a letter. Get involved!

Eastside Parkway: Development Threat

 What do you call an expressway that cuts through an oak forest and maritime chaparral designed not-yet-built housing projects? If you are FORA, you call it a top priority

The Eastside Parkway is a planned expressway that will cut a path of destruction through Parker Flats, and terminate at the stillborn 1,440 home East Garrison subdivision. Oak Loss estimates are in the 3,000-5,000 tree range. Since Fort Ord closed in the 1990’s Parker Flats has become a defacto recreation area for thousands from inside and outside of Monterey County. It is also a primary gateway to the adjacent federally protected BLM public lands. Recreational use at Parker flats regularly exceeds 100 visitors/day on weekdays and often exceeds 200 visitors/day on weekends. These people would now be cut-off by an 84-200-ft wide road.

The Eastside Parkway is a follow-up to the comically overbuilt $12.8 million General Jim Moore Blvd. project which never seems to have more than handful of cars on it. Developer welfare? You bet!

While it is almost impossible for the public to find information about this freeway through the forest, FORA is busy staking the path of the road out on the land and lining up contractors to do the work.

Official FORA Map Of Eastside Parkway alignment they don't want you to see. Click to see details

Official FORA Map Of Eastside Parkway alignment they don’t want you to see. Click to see details

FORA really thinks things are going to get busy! That’s because they are still using the population estimates from the 1997 Base Reuse Plan to justify building Eastside Parkway. FORA’s 2010 population estimates for the Monterey Peninsula overestimated the population by 35,000 over official 2010 Census figures. Extra traffic on Eastside Parkway won’t come from CSUMB anytime soon either, and that’s because California State University System has cut enrollment 2 years running.

Since FORA is required to do an update to its 1997 Base Reuse Plan soon they are aggressively pushing Eastside Parkway now, before they have to revisit their faulty math. Paradoxically, by pushing the Eastside Parkway, FORA seems to be violating the basic tenets of the act of legislature that it was founded on. (see 67651 (d))

FORA’s homepage says that they “strive to make sure that our work serves the needs of the local and regional communities in fair and equitable ways”. Take the time to e-mail them and ask they think how Eastside Parkway could possibly be a top priority?

Even though FORA is a Tax-Payer funded agency, they don't think you should be able to see their map. Hmmm....

Even though FORA is a Tax-Payer funded agency, they don’t think you should be able to see their map. Hmmm….

 

Click Here To Feel Sick

Click Here To Feel Sick

 

Let's Route our Parkway to Oz through a Habitat Area Too!

Let’s Route our Parkway to Oz through a Habitat Area Too!

 

Insert Eastside Parkway HERE

Insert Eastside Parkway HERE

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