EIR Certification Vote Continued
News from the MHP-What’s going on?
This Thursday, November 10, the EIR Certification will once again come before the Seaside City Council and this time we hope there will be a vote. We are not asking for a big supporter turnout, as we think they have heard enough from us to know the value of our project.
We want to express our gratitude to the dozens upon dozens of supporters who have showed up for various city meetings, worn the Monterey Horse Park t-shirts, and spoken passionately for the project. We want you to know that we know just how difficult it is to get to and sit through these meetings. Particularly when we keep saying “this is it.”
Well, we hope November 10 is “it. We want you to know about the meeting in case you would like to be there for the vote but it’s not critical you attend. We intend to remind the councilmembers of all the supporters who have given of their time over the years and ask them to remember what you have said. Then ask them to vote.
The EIR Certification, which is huge for the Monterey Horse Park and the Veterans Cemetery, only requires to be brought for a vote once. The General Plan Amendments, Specific Plan Amendments, and the Zoning Plan Amendments, which apply more to Monterey Downs, will require to be brought for a vote twice: November 10 and November 17 (hopefully nothing else will be brought up at the 11th hour to stop the vote!)
Consistency determination with the Base Reuse Plan before the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) will be next. Since our project has never been before the FORA Board, we will need for them to hear from our supporters. As soon as we know when that meeting is scheduled, we will let you know.
It’s been a long haul. We think it is worth it and sincerely thank you for hanging in there with us.
Monterey Horse Park Board of Directors
We’ve had many questions regarding the recent Monterey Downs events. Primarily, “how does this effect the Monterey Horse Park?”
The short answer is that we’re not sure. We know that, in the face of law suits by KFOW and Landwatch, the City of Seaside decided to rescind their approvals of the General Plan and Specific Plan, to de-certify the EIR, and to send the projects back to the Seaside Planning Commission for modifications.
Thursday was a huge step toward our dream of a Horse Park. The Seaside City Council certified the EIR. They also approved the Specific Plan and the General Plan, which will require a second vote November 17.
Over the past 20 years, horse parks in other Western States have contributed greatly to their communities. There is much more information regarding the economic impact of horse parks on local communities. Soon let’s be reading about the impact of the Monterey Horse Park on Seaside!
For anyone who has participated in a horse show, be it at the national, state or local level, there is no doubt that these activities generate a lot of money. The American Horse Council’s Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study includes some impressive statistics that confirm the significant impact of the horse show industry.
Home to more equine events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is the venue of choice for more than a dozen top national and world championship horse shows, attracting riders from across the nation – and world – each year.
Not only do Oklahoma City horse shows provide family fun entertainment, they make a substantial contribution to the city’s economy.
Horse Shows in the Sun, Inc. is pleased to release the results of an extensive economic impact study of their 2014 horse show series held each January – March at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida.
Horse Shows in the Sun located in Thermal, CA is a seasonal venue offering a series of 8 horse shows each winter. Each week brings 3000 horses, 10,500 horsemen and horsewomen and 25,000 spectators to Thermal. Most importantly, $120,000,000 is added annually to the local economy in money spent on food, lodging, living expenses and entertainment. Imagine what a year round facility such as the Monterey Horse Park could bring in!
Thursday night’s Seaside City Council meeting was well attended by numerous MHP supporters and board members. A number of persons from the hospitality industry, real estate, and chambers of commerce spoke in favor of the three projects, as well as private citizens of Seaside. The Mayor and Council were forced to continue the meeting to November 10 due to a last minute legal submission of a multiple page document, but we remain optimistic and will keep you informed.
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Horse Parks are the wave of the future across the nation. Over half of our states have horse parks, many funded by the state itself. Horse Parks provide millions of dollars in revenue to their communities.