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 (Revised Sept. 8, 2014)
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)
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
Draft Specific Plan (not yet available)
Draft EIR (not yet available)
Final EIR (not yet available)
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 Horse Park
Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Advisory Committee
Central Coast Veterans’ Cemetery Foundation
Fort Ord Reuse Authority
Fort Ord National Monument