May 30, 2024

preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character

and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association

Weekly Bulletin

The Planning Commission Will Continue

to Review the Draft Vacation Rental Ordinances'

Final Environmental Impact Report

It appears that the Vacation Rental Ordinances are moving toward approval, now that the Final EIR has led to revisions of the ordinances. The Planning Commission will continue its May 29th review of the Ordinances and the FEIR at a second hearing on June 12, and Board of Supervisors is currently scheduled to Certify the FEIR and adopt the new Ordinances on June 25, 2024.

Thank you to all our members and fellow concerned citizens of the Carmel and Big Sur Land Use areas for comments and letters provided to the Planning Commission at to the May 29th hearing.

The CVA STR Task Force of our Land Use Committee has written comments that include seven major recommendations for the Planning Commission to consider as well as an Appendix of revisions for all three Titles. Click Here to read our letter.

HERE'S A LINK to the Revised Project Description which shows where changes were made and provides a current description of what the ordinances will do.

All of the FEIR and the Revised Project Description and Revised Ordinances can be found AT THIS LINK under Environmental Documents:

Interested in Short-Term Rentals in Your Neighborhood?

Maps of Carmel Valley STRS January 2024

Route 1 to Earthbound Farms

Earthbound Farms To CV Ranch

CV Ranch to CV Village

CV Village

And, if you's like more information on STRs in you area, email your address to us at

Please Support

Our Efforts to Preserve

Carmel Valley!

Please join us in expressing gratitude for the magnificent place where we reside, Carmel Valley!

Stewardship of this region is vital to its survival. Become a member of the Carmel Valley Association or make a contribution to support the preservation of our community's rustic beauty.

CLICK HERE to join or contribute online

or mail your check to


P.O. Box 157

Carmel Valley, CA 93924


Pris Walton President

Carmel Valley Association

How About Joining

the Carmel Valley Land Use Advisory Committee?

Members of the LUAC, who must be reside in the Carmel Valley Master Plan area, review pending permit applications and offer a forum for the public to provide input.

Meetings, when there are any permits to review, are held on the first and third Mondays at 6:30 PM for about one-half hour.

It’s an easy way to serve your community.

Anyone interested in serving please contact CVLUAC Chair Janet Brennan for application information. Send an email to :

Music at St. Dunstan’s

Organ Concert Series 2024

“Mixolydiance” with Margaret Martin Kvamme

Pipe organ music by women composers

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Organist Margaret Martin Kvamme will perform a program of eight works by

women composers – two contemporary musicians with Bay Area and Central Coast connections and one who was court musician to Louis XIV

Patrons are invited to a pre-performance reception at the church at 3 pm to enjoy refreshments and hear from Kvamme about the extraordinary composers featured in this concert.

“’Mixolydiance’ is the title of a jaunty piece written by the

youngest member among the eight female composers offered here,

British organist Ghislaine Reece-Trapp, who co-chairs the Society

for Women Organists,” Kvamme says. “The program includes music from the 17th century by a woman who was court musician to Louis XIV, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.

The U.S. is well represented on this recital as well, by Florence Price (the first African American woman to be performed by major symphony orchestras), Stanford-educated Pamela Decker who teaches organ and music theory at the University of Arizona and contemporary Santa Barbara area composer Emma Lou Diemer, who recently celebrated her 96th birthday. Several of the pieces are based on well-known hymn tunes, and the range of moods and colors will be varied and refreshing.”

Described by The American Record Guide as "intelligent and especially sensitive to the lyrical qualities of the music," Canadian-born organist Margaret Martin Kvamme has performed throughout California,

Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and New York, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Québec. Kvamme was featured in multiple seasons as solo artist with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams.

Kvamme won the 1993 Naples (Florida) International Organ Festival Competition. She has directed college, high school, church and community choruses and has taught college courses in music theory and conducting, including four years on the faculty at UC Santa Cruz. Currently, Kvamme is active as a freelance organist and private teacher.

Her debut solo organ album, Sevenfold Gifts, was recorded in 2006 at Holy

Cross Church in Santa Cruz and is available on iTunes and at She is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.

Kvamme will be performing on St. Dunstan’s Op. 94 organ, with more than 1,000 pipes. Visually and aurally beautiful, Op. 94 was honored in the 2016 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture.

Tickets are available at the door the day of the concert: $25, students and under 18 free. 

When Fun Isn’t Fun, Let CVA Know!

Many residents have been contacting CVA for help with problems, including special events, short-terms rentals, out-of-compliance lighting at night, noise, traffic, and road conditions. 

CVA is here to help see that your concerns make it to the appropriate county representative and get attention. 

You can report incidents or areas of concern by


Planning Commissioners Ask County Planning Staff to Consider Changes in Proposed Affordable Housing Requirements

At a special meeting, staff presented its proposed plan to meet the housing needs of unincorporated Monterey County. As proposed, the draft would encourage the development of 1,217 very low, 1,023 low, 869 moderate, and 6,359 above moderate income dwellings, for a total of 9,468 units, of which about 2,500 would be in Carmel Valley.

View the Entire Document

Maps of the proposed Carmel Valley Sites

Map of Proposed Sites in the Entire County

The presentation was followed by comments from the public, including CVA Advisor Larry Bacon and LandWatch officials Michael DeLappa and Laura Davis, summarizing their organizations' concerns. Here is a link to CVA's position, as stated in a letter to the Board of Supervisors.

Read CVA President Pris Walton's Letter

The Commissioners expressed concern about the proposal's reliance on inclusionary housing, encouraging single-family developments but requiring 20% to be income-limited. It was pointed out that such requirements have not worked well in the past, and that relying on single-family housing encourages urban sprawl.

The Commission asked county planners to come up with alternatives and present them at a meeting tentatively scheduled for June 5th.


from the Monterey County Department of Emergency Management


The Monterey County Department of Emergency Management has developed an excellent and easy-to-follow guide for how to prepare for emergency evacuations. You can access and download the guide through this link.


It includes practical guidance on assembling supplies, creating an evacuation plan, signing up for alerts, when and how to evacuate, and when and how to return to your home after an evacuation order has been lifted. It also includes links to many useful online resources.


Of particular importance: To receive area-specific emergency information, including evacuation orders and street closures, you can register for alerts by signing up through this link (Alert Monterey County, the county’s official emergency alert and warning system) or by texting your zip code to 65513. The guide also includes QR Codes that you can scan to sign up for alerts

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District,

California American Water, and

Water Awareness Committee

Landscape Webinars

This series of webinars sponsored by Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, California American Water, and Water Awareness Committee help you design, install, and manage your landscape using the Watershed Approach. The result is a gorgeous living space that functions as a healthy mini-watershed: sequestering atmospheric carbon, preventing water and air pollution, restoring the hydration and life of the soil, and attracting essential life into the garden. Making your landscape Watershed Wise is no more expensive or difficult than making any landscape; it just takes a little know-how and practice. In these webinars, you will learn about these four principles:

  1. Build Healthy Living Soil
  2. Capture Rainwater As A Resource
  3. Select Local, Climate-Appropriate Plants
  4. Use Highly Efficient Irrigation Only When Necessary

06/13/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Weed & Pest Management

07/11/2024 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Graywater Basics

09/10/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eat your Garden

09/26/2024 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Rainwater Capture Workshop -

10/10/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Compost: Building the Soil Sponge -

10/22/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Landscape Myth Busters

11/14/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Permeable Everywhere




The Carmel Valley Voice, the Carmel Valley Association's quarterly publication which is sent by post to all residents in the Carmel Valley Master Plan area, now has its own email address:

Valley residents can now submit comments, photographs, ideas for articles, offers to help or join the committee, etc., directly to the editorial board. We hope this new communication channel will encourage community involvement in important local issues.  

Native vegetation thinned, trimmed, and pruned

Conservation Fuel Management Handbook

Best Management Practices for Defensible Space

Conservation fuel management is a

collaborative community endeavor!



Read the Manual in English

or in Spanish

Removing Invasive Genista?

CVA has two weed wrenches to loan -

making the work of removing genista much easier.


Paola Berthoin

25440 Telarana Way

Carmel, CA 93923


RisingLeaf Restoration Consulting



Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley

Affordable Housing Mandate for Carmel Valley

Dark Skies

Proposed Dog Park at Palo Corona Regional Park

Rancho Cañada Village

Carmel River Floodplain Restoration

and Environmental Enhancement Project (Carmel River FREE)

Short-Term Rentals in Carmel Valley

Carmel Unified School District Purchase

of Property on Carmel Valley Road

September Ranch

Carmel Valley Village Development Criteria

Link to the Santa Lucia Conservancy Invasive Plant handbook

Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts!
Curious About CVA?

Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful community organizations in Monterey County. We are entirely volunteer, with no paid employees. Our mission is to defend the beauty, resources and rural character of our beautiful valley. We do that by working with residents, businesses, and government.


CVA was instrumental in the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and recently settled a lawsuit with Monterey County regarding traffic measurement and capping future development on very favorable terms for our valley. Our volunteer experts represent Carmel Valley's interest, testifying before governmental bodies concerning development, water, traffic, road signs, and other quality of life issues.

We keep valley residents informed about important issues and events with our weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1650 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Douglas Steakley