The Monterey Regional CUS is a collaborative planning effort among a variety of regional stakeholders to identify and address compatible use and communication with and around military installations in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. The CUS is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation and by contributions from the local CUS sponsor, the City of Monterey. The CUS effort can directly benefit both the military and surrounding region by:
Compatibility, in relation to military readiness, is the balance and/or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to cultivate an environment in which both entities can coexist successfully. Existing conditions data for the project Study Area obtained from the Policy Working Group, Technical Working Group, other stakeholders, and the public will be assessed to identify current and potential future compatibility issues. This assessment will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and consider the impacts of existing and projected development trends within the project Study Area. The Monterey Regional CUS will use 26 compatibility factors to explore and identify existing and potential compatibility issues in the project Study Area.
The CUS will help protect the economic engine generated by the various military installations in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Department of Defense provides the following economic benefits to the region.
The primary goal of the CUS is to reduce potential land use and resource conflicts between the military installations in Monterey County, northern portions of San Luis Obispo County, and surrounding communities while accommodating and promoting new, compatible growth and economic development.
The objectives of the CUS are as follows:
What Will the Study Provide? The CUS is an important tool for fostering better communication and building partnerships between the military installations and neighboring communities in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. The study provides a body of information for all stakeholders to learn about local growth trends and military operations and how the two can impact each other. The Monterey Regional CUS will provide stakeholders with:
Compatibility factors are overarching categories of variables that often create or result in a range of compatibility issues between military installations and surrounding communities. The compatibility factors are used to organize the evaluation of land use and other activities occurring at the military installations in Monterey County and in the surrounding communities to identify specific compatibility issues that exist or could occur in the future. A set of 26 compatibility factors will be evaluated during the CUS to identify specific compatibility issues. While all 26 factors will be used in the initial assessment, issues relating to each factor may not be identified in this region. Strategies for mitigating incompatible activities and for ensuring future compatibility will only be developed for issues shown to be of concern in the project Study Area. The 26 compatibility factors are, for convenience, further organized in terms of three main types: social, resource, and development.
The CUS will include recommendations that stakeholders can implement to address identified compatibility issues and to guide compatible development in the future. In recognizing a one-size-fits-all approach will not be appropriate for the entire project Study Area, the recommendations will be developed by the project stakeholders to ensure tailored options that best meet each community’s needs. Once the CUS is completed, it is critical stakeholders move forward with implementing these recommendations. The CUS recommendations can generally be categorized into six types of strategies: