Presentation to Monterey Peninsula College Governing Board of Trustees

Michael A. Houlemard, Jr., Fort Ord Reuse Authority Executive Officer, was invited to present a general update to the Governing Board of Trustees at their October 25th public meeting. The presentation included FORA background and Base Reuse Plan principles of education, environment and economic development. Staff prepared several slides about Oak Woodlands Conservation Area planning.  The Trustees asked questions and provided input. Since the November 2016 public meetings, FORA, the County, City of Seaside, and DD&A have met with the City of Marina, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), and University of California Fort Ord Natural Reserve to discuss potential Oak Woodland Conservation Areas (OWCAs) and constraints with property owners. The project has been on hold for the past 8 months to work out consensus on Oak Woodlands Conservation Area concepts. This effort has been focused on MPC and CSUMB. With MPC leadership’s consent, we can present the option for a draft OWCA including 37.5 acres of MPC land. FORA appreciates that MPC has played a critical role in planning former Fort Ord’s reuse in the early 1990’s and continues to be an outstanding community leader for education, workforce training, and regional collaboration.

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