June 27, 2024

preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character

and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association

Weekly Bulletin

Don't Miss The Carmel Valley

Kiwanis Fiesta August 2,3,4

The Carmel Valley Kiwanis Fiesta, August 2,3,4 is a vibrant community event organized by the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club, known for its dedication to serving children and local communities. This annual fiesta brings together families, friends, and visitors for a weekend filled with fun, food, and entertainment.

Typically held in the first full August weekend, the event takes place at the Carmel Valley Community Park, a scenic venue that offers ample space for various activities. The Fiesta features a delightful array of attractions, including live music performances, food stalls serving delicious local and international cuisines, arts and crafts vendors. One of the highlights is the classic car show, which showcases beautifully restored vintage automobiles.

The event also includes a raffle and silent auction, with proceeds supporting the Kiwanis Club's charitable initiatives, such as scholarships for local students and funding for community projects.

The Carmel Valley Kiwanis Fiesta is a testament to the spirit of community and volunteerism, providing a joyous occasion for attendees to connect and celebrate while contributing to meaningful causes. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, the 2024 fiesta promises a memorable experience in the picturesque setting of Carmel Valley.

Additional information is available at www.cvkclub.org

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

From the Galante Family Vineyards:

Galante Family Winery 30th Year Anniversary Celebration

Hidden Valley Music Seminars on July 20, 12 to 3PM 

Hard to believe it has been 30 years already!! This is a ticketed event where we will be featuring 100 wines from the past 30 years! There will also be live music and food by Showoff BBQ. Limited tickets are available on our website at www.galantevineyards.com

Carmel Valley History Center Museum

Now Open Both Saturdays & Sundays: 1 – 4

Knowledgeable Docents & Kid Friendly!

77 E. Carmel Valley Road


Final Approval of County Housing Plan

by the Board of Supervisors.

Next Stop, the State!

ON June 11th, the Board of Supervisors approved the county plan to increase affordable housing and forwarded it to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for final review.

To recap:


The originally proposed number of 10,000 units was reduced to less than 5,000 county wide. Some sites were eliminated, others modified, and new ones added. Each was thoughtfully discussed. For the location of the sites in the Carmel Valley please refer to the County's Map (note that the map still includes eliminated Carmel Valley Sites 46, 48, and 49).


Approved Opportunity Sites include Sites 24, 25. 26, 30, 40, 44, 45 and 47. Sites 23, 27, 28 and 29 will be included under the Builder's Remedy Application option, which allows expedited approval. Previously proposed sites 46, 48, and 49, all located on the hillsides across from the Middle School were eliminated. The board asked staff to consider the following sites which were recommended by an audience member: 3785 Via Nona Marie, 10 Flight Rd. and 9560 Center Street.

Good work, Planners and Supervisors, and hopefully, the state will agree!

The Planning Commission Forwards

the Draft Vacation Rental Ordinances

to the Board of Supervisors for Final Approval

On June 12, the Planning Commission completed its review of the draft ordinance and forwarded it to the Board of Supervisors. Hopefully, the supervisors will approve it when they meet on August 29th. Of importance to Carmel Valley residents is that the proposed ordinance prohibits "commercial" vacation rentals (that is, short-term rentals not managed by a resident) from residentially zoned areas in the Carmel Valley Master Plan area.

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.

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



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

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


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

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: cvvoice@carmelvalleyassociation.org

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

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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