Monterey Downs and Horse Park and Central Coast Veterans' Cemetery Specific Plan



Contact: Teri Wissler Adam, Seaside Contract Project Manager
Mailing Address: 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955
Telephone: 831.649.1799 ext. 203

Notice of Completion and Notice of Availability of a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report and
Notice of Public Workshop and Public Hearing

Draft Specific Plan

Draft EIR

Final EIR (not yet available)

The Monterey Downs and Horse Park components of the proposed project includes the following: a 225,000 square foot horse training facility that would be comprised of a track and stabling area, ancillary buildings, and a 6,500 seat sports arena and grandstand; a 330,000 square-foot commercial center; a 15,000 square-foot horse park that would be comprised of a visitors center, office space, veterinary clinic, and horse stables; two affordable extended stay hotels with a total of 256 units; 1,280 residential units ranging from apartments to single family residential homes; a 100,000 square foot office park; a 200-room (100,000 square foot) hotel; a 5,000 square foot tennis and swim club; a 73-acre habitat preservation area; and 74 acres dedicated to open space and parks and infrastructure.

The project applicant may seek approval from the California Horse Racing Board for a certain number of dates to operate short, horse race meets. However, the timing and number of meets, as well as the number of days of each horse race meet are highly regulated and limited by the State of California. It is unknown whether, when, and to what extent, permission to operate a meet would be granted. The California Horse Racing Board is the state agency that regulates horse racing in California.

The Central Coast Veterans Cemetery component of the project includes 13,838 burial sites for twenty years of internments, an administration building, a maintenance yard and building, memorial areas, veterans’ hall, cultural history museum, chapel, and a 300-seat amphitheatre for special events. An adjacent 45.9-acre parcel is proposed as a habitat restoration area. 

The proposed project includes amending the City’s planning boundary and sphere of influence, and annexation of those portions of the project site currently located in unincorporated Monterey County to the City of Seaside.

The City of Seaside has received, and is processing, the following applications: Specific Plan, Planning Area Amendment, Sphere of Influence Amendment, Prezoning and Annexation, General Plan and Zoning Amendments, and a Tentative Subdivision Map. The City is in the process of preparing an environmental impact report, pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.

Schedule - Specific Plan and EIR

Meeting Notices

Notice of Completion and Notice of Availability of a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report and
Notice of Public Workshop and Public Hearing

Links to Project-Related Documents

Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) and Extensions

Deposit and Disposition Agreement (DDA)

City of Seaside/County of Monterey Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Termination Notice

Professional Services Agreement (Project Management)

Professional Services Agreement (EIR)


Application Maps

City Council Staff Reports and Presentations as of February 2012

Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR

Comments on the Notice of Preparation

Scoping Meeting Presentation and Handout

Links to Other Documents

Seaside General Plan and EIR

Seaside Zoning Code

Fort Ord Reuse Plan and EIR

FORHA Trails Master Plan

Veterans Cemetery Implementation Report

Links to Other Websites

Monterey Downs

Monterey Horse Park

Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Advisory Committee

Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Foundation

Fort Ord Reuse Authority

Fort Ord National Monument