ABSTRACT: A Special Meeting of the Planning Commission will be held today in Chambers at City Hall at 4:30 P.M. for the purpose of making recommendations to the City Council “regarding the adequacy of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the sale of the Flanders Mansion.” A COMMENT is made regarding the proposed Sale of the Flanders Mansion Property and the creation of a type of “inholding.”
SPECIAL PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING APRIL 23 2009
Planning Commission April 23, 2009 @ 4:30 P.M.
Special Meeting: Special Meeting of the Planning Commission to make recommendations to the City Council regarding the adequacy of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the sale of the Flanders Mansion. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located on the east side of Monte Verde Street between Ocean and Seventh Avenues at 4:30 p.m.
• The Sale of the Flanders Mansion Property, as proposed by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, involves the creation of a 1.252 acre island of private property within a sea of public parkland, namely Mission Trail Nature Preserve. This island of private property within public property is similar to an inholding. An inholding is defined, as follows:
inholdings Private lands within public parks, forests, or wildlife refuges.
The creation of this proposed private island within a public park, similar to an inholding, would result in the fragmentation of the Mission Trail Nature Preserve ecosystem, the degradation of the preserve/park experience by park users due to the cordoning off of an area geographically central to the park and potential conflicts between the private property owner and users of the Mission Trail Nature Preserve.
In short, the Sale of the Flanders Mansion Property to a single family private property owner would be antithetical to the principles of land conservation, particularly with regard to the creation of a type of inholding within Mission Trail Nature Preserve, the City’s largest public park.