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The proposed golf course is situated on approximately 240 acres located within two LUP planning areas, the Spyglass Cypress Planning Area (LUP subareas M, N, and 0) and the Pebble Beach Planning Area (LUP subareas U and V). Developed areas of the site include the 43 acre Equestrian Center/Collins Field and residence areas, the 4.87 acre driving range, the 4.35 acre Spyglass Quarry, and 5.46 acres of paved roadways including portions of Stevenson Drive, Drake Road, and Portola Road. See Exhibit C-1 for site statistic details and Exhibit C-2 for parking summary.





The purpose of this element of the project is to expand the options for visitor serving recreational uses in the Del Monte Forest consistent with one component of the major themes established in the LCP for coastal related uses in the area. The purpose of the golf course is to utilize existing natural resources on the site to establish an environment consistent with standards set for world class, championship golf and to ensure playability for coastal visitors.

Consistent with this purpose, the design of the golf course is intended to achieve several objectives:

  • Avoid, protect and enhance delineated wetland habitat
  • Avoid, protect and enhance dune habitat
  • Avoid significant disruption of Yadon's Piperia habitat
  • Avoid significant disruption of Pacific Grove Clover habitat
  • Limit the removal of Monterey Pine forest to only that necessary to achieve the purpose of the project
  • Control the use of fertilizers and pesticides to eliminate the potential for contaminants to enter the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.
  • Minimize the potential for golf course runoff from entering Carmel Bay ASBS
  • Maximize use of existing roadways and disturbed areas to provide flexibility to achieve the above objectives. Provide for continued public trail access.
  • Provide additional public restroom and parking at the renovated driving range across from Peter Hay Par-3 Golf Course.

The following description is organized according to the three predominant characteristics of the site: quarry site (north), former residential/urban forest site (central), existing, open space recreation uses (south).

The northern portion of the golf course site is a significantly disturbed and altered dune environment surrounded by open space of the Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Cypress Point Golf Course, on the north, west. and east, and planning subarea ìNî on the south. Historically, this area is known as the Signal Hill Dune, and has historically been used as a sand mining area and for outdoor recreation (including an area for skeet shooting). LUP development subarea "M" comprises 25.5 acres. Within this development area, approximately 6 acres have been designated as a Rehabilitation Area for intensified development. Within the rehabilitation area, a 4.43-acre portion of the dune has been heavily mined and is now actively used to stockpile grading spoils. Of the remaining, area "M" acreage, approximately 8.2 acres are suitable dune habitat mapped as ESHA and approximately 2.4 acres are degraded with a potential for improvement. The remaining 25 acres of the Signal Hill Dune outside of subarea "M" are proposed to be enhanced and restored in accordance with the management objectives contained in the Dunes section of the Biological Resources Report. Approximately 35 acres of existing and potential dune habitat are located within the Signal Hill Dune area.

The design of this area of the golf course is in accordance with the following LUP policies related to dune preservation and enhancement:

14. Near environmentally sensitive habitat areas, the removal of indigenous vegetation and land disturbance (grading, excavation, paving, etc.) shall be restricted to the minimum amount to accommodate development. This policy shall not restrict the activities of the Del Monte Forest Foundation in implementing OSAC Plan maintenance standards.

18. Uses of the remnant native sand dune habitat shall be limited to low intensity scientific, educational, or recreational activities dependent on the resource, except in Spanish Bay rehabilitation area, where policy 93 shall apply. Particular attention shall be given to protection of rare and endangered plants from trampling. Conformance to the appropriate OSAC maintenance standards shall be the criteria for consistency with this policy. Such uses must be consistent with the restoration and enhancement of the habitat.

92. Certain areas have been mined for silica and other minerals and are in need of rehabilitation. These areas are the most suitable for more intensive development, as compared with other forested and undeveloped land. Consequently, those areas should be assigned higher densities or permitted the development of needed visitor accommodations, recreation facilities, corporation yards, public works facilities and neighborhood shopping areas. The more intensive use of these areas will also provide the incentive to rehabilitate the previously mined areas and consequently repair the damage.

Golf hole 15, a portion of the golf hole 16, golf hole 17, and the proposed golf cottages are proposed to be located within the rehabilitation area. Golf course improvements are designed to protect designated dune ESHAs and incorporate features compatible with the adjoining natural dune areas.

The central portion of the golf course site comprises LUP subareas "N", "O", "V" and "U". The area is bounded by area "M", the Signal Hill Dunes and Bristol Curve Road on the North, Forest Lake Road on the East, the Cypress Point Golf Course and Sombria Lane on the west, the grounds of the existing equestrian center/Collins Field and the existing driving range on the south. The area is primarily an urbanized forest environment previously zoned for residential development, with varying types and density of understory vegetation.

Although not a significant determinant of overall habitat type in this area, wetlands have been delineated in the central portion of the golf course. Wetlands exist due to the slope of the land, and the relative depth of permeable and impermeable soils. This area of the golf course site possesses slopes from 2% to 9%, with some areas along the western portion of LUP subarea "N" near subarea "M" reaching 30 percent. Soils on the site are Generally shallow sands, which overlay a dense clay layer. During the rainy season and extending into the spring off site runoff, generally from residential areas to the northeast, is impounded on the proposed golf course site before discharge into the Cypress Point Golf Course drainage system. These wetlands have been delineated as referenced in the Wetland Section of the Biological Resources Report.

This area contains the majorlty of the 128.7 acres of Monterey pine forest on the site, but that forest is fragmented by existing roadways that divide the site, including Stevenson Drive, Portola Road, and Drake Road. The design of the golf course utilizes the alignment of these existing breaks in the forest to minimize tree removal, avoid wetlands and maintain wetland hydrology, incorporate wetland buffers, and reduce impacts to sensitive plant species in this area (see biological reports). Approximately 5.5 acres of pavement will be removed for this purpose. Bristol Curve will be eliminated and Stevenson Drive realigned to intersect with Forest Lake Road. The resulting improvements will result in the removal 51.967 acres of Monterey pine forest, and an additional 6.08 acres of cleared understory (see Forest Section of the Biology report for analysis of the number and location of trees proposed to be removed).

The majority of the 4.3 acres of wetlands located on the site, are found in this area. The arrangement of fairways, tees, and greens are arranged to avoid all wetlands and maintain appropriate buffer zones. Aspects of the project are consistent with the following LUP policies:

8. Environmentally sensitive habitat areas that are not designated as rehabilitation areas shall be protected against significant disruption of habitat values

9. Improvements to facilitate recreational or visitor uses, including vegetation removal, excavation, grading, or filling in designated environmentally sensitive habitat areas, shall be sited, designed and managed to avoid any significant disruption of the protected resources. Areas, which are especially sensitive to recreational use, include riparian habitats, wetlands, and sites of known rare and endangered species of plants and animals...

27. A setback of 100 feet from the landward edge of wetlands and from the mean high water line of the ocean shall be provided. No landscape alterations will be allowed in this setback area unless accomplished in conjunction with restoration and enhancement and unless it is demonstrated that no significant disruption of environmentally sensitive habitat will result.

Accordingly, the Wetland section of the Biological Resources Report identifies delineated wetlands, assesses habitat values, evaluates hydrologic function, and proposes restoration and management objectives to increase the viability of these habitats and to avoid any significant disruption of their habitat value.

The southern portion of the site encompasses the existing 43 acre Equestrian Center/Collins Field/Collins residential area located north and south of Ondulado Road, respectively, and to the east of Stevenson Drive, a 10.7 acre area east of Stevenson Drive comprising the existing driving range, putting, green, and stands of fringe Monterey pine devoid of forest understory.

This area of the site is nearly flat and is characterized by recreational use involving ongoing equestrian and golf uses and periodic staging and support for special events historically held in the Del Monte Forest. Golf course improvements will involve the removal of all structures and existing uses related to the Equestrian Center and the Collins residential site (residence and two cottages). The existing Equestrian Center will be relocated to the Sawmill Gulch sand borrow site. The entire Equestrian Center/Collins Field area will be recontoured and restored with 15 acres of replanted pine forest and golf course landscaping. The existing driving range will be expanded and reconstructed in its present location, and a small parking area, public restroom and operations building will be constructed with access from Ondulado Road at Stevenson Drive.

The design of golf holes in this area features east/west trending fairways. This area will accommodate relocated pine forest as well as newly planted areas to frame the fairways. Restoration and enhancement of golf course areas adjacent to wetlands will be in accordance with the wetland management plan contained in the biological resources report. These wetlands will be enhanced in accordance with management objectives in the Wetland section of the Biology Report.

Clubhouse Design. The proposed one-story (plus basement) clubhouse is accessed from Forest Lake Road and includes uses typically associated with a golf clubhouse: retail space, starters desk, office space. a small restaurant and lounge area, kitchen. storage, and locker rooms, with on-site parking. The basement level will be used for golf cart storage, employee areas, and additional storage area. This low profile building will have cedar shingle siding with Class "A" fire retardant composition cedar shingle roofing.

Driving Range Operations Building, The driving range will be improved by lengthening and widening of the practice fairway and creation of a second tee box area nearest the clubhouse for the proposed golf course. The existing southern end of the driving ran-c will require relocation of the tee box area and construction of a ranc7e operations building to include a public restroom, storage area, and ball machine, along with a parking area.

Maintenance Building. The maintenance building proposed for the golf course will be located below grade with access from Forest Lake Road. This underground facility will include maintenance and repair areas, office space, and parking for maintenance and employee vehicles. Additionally, fuel dispensing, equipment washing, and storage bins will be constructed at grade level above the underground facility.

Golf Cottages. The purpose of this portion of the project is to expand the variety of visitor serving accommodations by utilizing a portion of the designated rehabilitation area in the manner suggested by LUP for such areas. Eleven new visitor serving, cottages with a total of 24 bedrooms are proposed to be developed near the intersection of Spyglass Hill Road and Stevenson Drive. The site is a four-acre portion of the larger golf course site proposed by Measure A to be rezoned from Medium Density Residential (ìMDR-B8-D (CZ)") to Visitor Serving Commercial ("VSC") to accommodate these units. Of the eleven cottages proposed, ten will be 2-bedroom single-story units and one will be a 4-bedroom two-story unit. . All cottages are designed with common areas and have decks and patios. The on-site parking area can accommodate 31 vehicles. The cottages have wood siding and Class "A" fire retardant composition shake shingle roofing. See Exhibit C-3 for site statistic details.

Grading. Grading for the golf course is primarily due to the recontouring, of the site to accommodate the golf course and the excavation for the underground maintenance facility, but also includes the minor amount of grading that is required for foundations and footings of the new course-related buildings. The grading plan for all golf course related improvements indicates an excavation cut of 318,000 cy and a fill requirement of 377,000 cy. The fill requirement will be met from the on-site excavation materials, from use of excess excavation materials from other project components, and from the importation of drainage and soil amendments required as a standard feature of golf course construction. From an overall traffic perspective, the net impact of these cut and fill components will be a balanced cut and fill for the golf course site. The construction traffic impacts are discussed in the Transportation Analysis prepared for this project by Fehr & Peers Associates, Inc., a copy of which is on file with Monterey County.

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