“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”
– John Henry Jowett (1864-1923)
I may not have time to blog for the next few days, and in case that turns out to be true, I wanted to take this moment in time to wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving Day. May it be filled with love, joy, friends and family. Take a few moments each day to fill your soul with the gratitude you truly feel. Blessed be.
Big Sur Land Use Plan Update
Since its certification by the California Coastal Commission in 1986, the award-winning Big Sur Land Use Plan (LUP) has helped to ensure the protection of the Big Sur Coast. Developed by the County of Monterey, Big Sur residents, and the Commission, the LUP implemented the then-radical ideas of acquiring hundreds of acres of critical viewshed lands, significantly downzoning residential buildout, and capping visitor serving units. For 35 years, the LUP has successfully protected the natural beauty of seventy miles of the California coast, a well-known national treasure.
Since 2013, the County of Monterey and the Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC) have been evaluating potential changes to the LUP. While changing conditions may warrant modest updates to the LUP, Keep Big Sur Wild believes that its core tenants are still valid and should remain strong and enforceable. As a result, Keep Big Sur Wild has been actively involved in the Planning Commission’s recent review of proposed changes to the LUP.
Alarmingly, the draft Update released in July 2021 would significantly undermine the LUPand its protections of the Big Sur Coast. Some of the most problematic changes include: ● Modifications to the critical viewshed policy to allow additional development in this critical area. ● Modifications to Plan prioritizations, such that the Plan’s current favoring of visual access of the coast over physical access and other development is weakened.● Eliminating mandatory policies in favor of non-mandatory “objectives.”● Allowing additional visitor serving units beyond those currently permitted. ● Allowing additional “special events” without adequately regulating noise and impacts on Highway capacity.● Proposals for “improvements” to Highway One that would negatively impact the wild and scenic character of the Big Sur Coast, while failing to address the current overuse issues.
We understand that a County subcommittee is currently reviewing the proposed LUP Update in light of these and other identified issues. Keep Big Sur Wild supports this current effort to ensure that both the spirit and the letter of the LUP is retained into the future.
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|Big Sur Health Center As you may or may not know, once again this year we will not be hosting our main fundraiser, the Forager’s Festival, in person. Unfortunately, this leaves us without our biggest fundraiser for the second year in a row. Last year we had a lot of local support for our online store and we will be doing this again. While this does not replace the funds we generally raise from the weekend festival, it is a little more that we can do to help support the Big Sur Health Center. We understand that people and businesses alike are still recovering from the last two years. With that in mind, we would love to showcase all the local talents and businesses to the extent that you can participate. All donations are appreciated. We are accepting art, handmade crafts, experiences, services, and anything else we can sell in our online “store.” If you would like to donate something to support the Big Sur Health Center, please download the donation form HERE and return it to any member of the Big Sur Health Center Board or leave it at Big Sur River Inn front desk, attention: Kara. Your support of the Big Sur Health Center is truly appreciated! The presence of the Big Sur Health Center’s facility on the Santa LuciaChapel and Campground property is made possible through the generosityof All Saints Episcopal Church, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Visit Our Website View as Webpage|