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					                             MONTEREY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
                           1428 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901 Phone 831-759-7325; Fax 831-759-2268

                                            ANNUAL REPORT: JULY 1, 2008 – JUNE 30, 2009

       Month                                    Subject                                         Speaker                       Action/Recommendation
                                                                              2008
 JULY - No meeting held.

 AUGUST
                       Commissioner’s Update:
                            1. Glassy Winged Sharpshooter
                            2. Moss Landing CRLA lawsuit
                                                                                     Eric Lauritzen, Ag Commissioner   No action required.
                            3. Light Brown Apple Moth
                            4. Genetically Modified Organisms
                            5. Wind Turbines
                       Inclusionary Housing Program (IHP) Amendment:
                       Requested input on specific aspects of potential changes
                                                                                                                          No fee for minor agricultural
                       to the ordinance.
                                                                                                                           subdivisions of four or fewer parcels;
                       Current requirements: (1) Contribution to IHP for any         Marti Noel
                                                                                                                          Pro rate fee to be triggered by building
                       new developments; (2) agricultural subdivisions (housing      Housing & Redevelopment Office
                                                                                                                           permit on a parcel-by-parcel basis;
                       for employees, owner’s children, estate purposes); (3)
                       building permit triggers fee that is due in full regardless                                        Base fee on type/cost of housing.
                       of how many structures are to be built and when.




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       Month                                      Subject                                    Speaker                   Action/Recommendation
                                                                                                                   Provide more public education &
                                                                                                                    outreach;
                                                                                                                   Reduce fee;
                       Rooster Ordinance Update – Discussed topics of nine                                         Meet with breeder association for
                                                                                  Taven Kinison Brown
                       month grace period for residents; waiving fee for 4H and                                     recommendations on the number of
                                                                                  Planning Dept.
                       FFA members but still require a permit application.                                          roosters kept;
                                                                                                                   Return for further review by AAC
                                                                                                                   Strengthen the noise ordinance, not
                                                                                                                    just the land ordinance.
                       Williamson Act Issues: (1) Review/Discuss sample
                       letters that could be sent from the Assessor’s Office to
                                                                                  Gregg MacFarlane
                       Williamson Act property owners; (2) Discuss criteria for                                 Postponed until September 2009 meeting.
                                                                                  Assessor’s Office
                       Williamson Act contracts when no response is received
                       from participant.
                       DeSantiago Subdivision: Ag viability of subdividing one
                       parcel into three 40-acre parcels and one 50+ remainder
                       parcel.                                                                                  Recommended that Planning move
                                                                                  Anna Quenga, Planning Dept.
                        New planner of record introduced;                                                      forward in support of the subdivision.
                        73 acres have been planted to include all 3 parcels;
                        Proposed subdivision supports agricultural purpose.
                                                                                                                After discussion, the Committee
                                                                                                                recommended the Eaton horse
                       Eaton Project:                                                                           boarding/training project as being a
                                                                                  Jody Lyons, Planning Dept.
                       Brief review of project.                                                                 compatible use under the Williamson Act
                                                                                                                and to move forward with permitting
                                                                                                                process.
                                                                                                                Following discussion, the Committee
                       Greenfield Cancellation:
                                                                                                                requested more information from the
                       Williamson Act contract cancellation for TMV Lands         Jody Lyons, Planning Dept.
                                                                                                                Planning Dept. and that the application be
                       and provide permanent easement exchange.
                                                                                                                brought back to the Committee.
                       At-Large Open Position                                     N/A                           No action required.




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       Month                                   Subject                                         Speaker                 Action/Recommendation

 SEPTEMBER
                       Commissioner’s Update:
                        Phytosanitary Fee Increase;
                        Light Brown Apple Moth;                                    Eric Lauritzen
                                                                                                                No action required.
                        Red Imported Fire Ant                                      Agricultural Commissioner
                        Quarantine
                        Ag Comm Staff Addition
                       Public Comment: Greenfield/TMV Land Exchange
                       Program:
                                                                                    Aaron Johnson
                        Clarified goals of the project;                                                        No action required.
                                                                                    Johnson and Moncrief
                        Reiterated the need for notification of meetings when
                          this topic is to be discussed.
                                                                                                                   This issue should go to the Planning
                                                                                                                    Commission as long as the public is
                       Rooster Ordinance Update:                                                                    notified and given the opportunity for
                                                                                    Taven Kinison Brown             input;
                        Brief review of ordinance;
                                                                                    Planning Dept.                 Unless Taven felt it was absolutely
                        Presentation by Officer Hickenbottom
                                                                                                                    necessary, it was recommended that
                                                                                                                    this not come back to the AAC and
                                                                                                                    that this is a noise issue.
                                                                                                                   Extend the 10-day response period;
                       Williamson Act Issues:
                                                                                                                   Add more explanatory verbiage
                       A. Assessor’s Questionnaire – Has not been sent since
                                                                                    Gregg MacFarlane                regarding conforming to state regs;
                          2004 due to staffing constraints. In some other
                          counties no response to the questionnaire is treated as
                                                                                    Assessor’s Office              Put the form on back of the letter;
                          non-renewal.                                                                             Provide option to complete document
                                                                                                                    online.
                                                                                                                   Use as follow-up for people not
                                                                                                                    returning the questionnaire;
                                                                                    Gregg MacFarlane               A “441D” letter stating, “By state
                       B. Criteria for Nonrenewal
                                                                                    Assessor’s Office               law…” would be sent;
                                                                                                                   Pursue additional information for
                                                                                                                    criteria and bring back to the AAC.



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       Month                                   Subject                                         Speaker                   Action/Recommendation
                       Committee Appointments
                                                                                                                  Upon discussion, it was noted that the
                        Kurt Gollnick is now representing Supervisor
                                                                                                                  Committee consists of growers who
                           Armenta, District 1, instead of the “At Large”
                                                                                   Committee                      practice both organic and conventional
                           position.
                                                                                                                  farming. Members were asked for ideas to
                        Board of Supervisors suggested organic                                                   discuss at the next meeting.
                           representative be placed on the Committee.
                       Other Comments:
                       County Counsel suggested that the Assessor’s
                                                                                   Mary Perry, County Counsel     No action required.
                       questionnaire Item B of Section VI be reworded from
                       “Criteria for Cancellation” to “Criteria for Nonrenewal.”

 OCTOBER - No meeting held.

 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
                       Commissioner’s Update:
                        Fumigation, Moss Landing
                        Rail Transportation Study;
                                                                                   Eric Lauritzen                 No action required.
                        Light Brown Apple Moth;
                        Asian Citrus Psyllid
                        Brown Act
                       Mohsin-Samoske:
                        Brief recap of the project by Bob Schubert as well as                                    After considerable discussion, the
                           what was being asked of the Committee.                  Bob Schubert, Planning Dept.   Committee voted to conduct a site visit on
                        Several members of the public spoke during the                                           12/11/08.
                           public comment period.
                       Mohsin-Samoske Site Visit (12/11/08):
                       Purpose to visit and tour the proposed project site in
                                                                                                                  No action required. Informational purpose
                       order to make a more informed recommendation.               N/A
                                                                                                                  only.
                       Counsel for the applicants was on hand to answer
                       questions; no Planning Dept. representative was present.




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       Month                                   Subject                                         Speaker                    Action/Recommendation
                                                                                                                   Ag Comm approached CCOF, but received
                                                                                                                   no response. It was noted that most small
                       Committee Appointments:
                                                                                                                   to medium sized growers are either gone or
                       Board of Supervisors suggested that the vacancy be filled
                                                                                                                   have merged with bigger companies.
                       by someone with knowledge of the Williamson Act, lot        Committee
                                                                                                                   Utilizing the school system such as
                       line adjustments, agricultural buffer zones, and invasive
                                                                                                                   CSUMB or the junior colleges was
                       pest issues.
                                                                                                                   suggested as well as appointing someone
                                                                                                                   with a labor background.
                                                                            2009
 JANUARY
                       Moss Landing Community Plan - Should there be policy                                        The Ag Commissioner and not the
                       within the community plan for ag land outside the plan’s                                    individual community should be in charge
                       boundary, i.e., asking the property owner outside the       John Ford, Planning Dept.       of overseeing fumigations utilizing
                       community to give up/restrict some of his land for a                                        science-based restrictions provided by the
                       buffer zone.                                                                                Department of Pesticide Regulation.
                                                                                                                   The AAC voted unanimously that the
                                                                                                                   guidelines should be taken to the Planning
                                                                                                                   Commission with the definition of
                       Monterey County Voluntary Oak Woodland Stewardship
                                                                                   Paula Bradley, Planning Dept.   harvesting being provided, the last
                       Guidelines
                                                                                                                   sentence of Action 2, bullet two, be struck,
                                                                                                                   and to forward the guidelines to the
                                                                                                                   Regional Air Quality Control Board.




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       Month                                    Subject                                        Speaker                   Action/Recommendation
                                                                                                                  1. Unanimous decision that the Ag
                                                                                                                     Viability Report is adequate as
                                                                                                                     presented;
                                                                                                                  2. Vote (8 to 1) in favor of the ag
                                                                                                                     conversion;
                                                                                                                  3. Vote (7 to 2) against the Samoske
                       Mohsin-Samoske                                              Bob Schubert, Planning Dept.      buffer. A vote was requested that if
                                                                                                                     the Samoske property increased the
                                                                                                                     buffer to 100 feet, would it be
                                                                                                                     approved. The vote remained
                                                                                                                     negative.
                                                                                                                  4. Vote (7 to 2) in favor of the 100-foot
                                                                                                                     buffer for the Mohsin property.

 FEBRUARY

                       Ag Waiver Renewal Update                                    Traci Roberts, Farm Bureau     No action required.

                       Brown Act Training                                          Mary Perry, County Counsel     No action required.
                       Mohsin-Samoske Subdivision                                                                 1. Accept from the Planning Committee
                       1. Are the revised ag buffers on the Samoske lots                                             the Samoske project with the existing
                          adequate given site/area conditions?                                                       buffer.
                                                                                   Carl Holm, Planning Dept.
                       2. Does the updated information regarding the ag                                           2. Ag Advisory Committee reaffirmed
                          viability of the project change any of the committee’s                                     their vote from the 2/26/09 AAC
                          previous recommendations?                                                                  meeting.

 MARCH
                       Farm Bureau – Regional Water Supply Planning                Jim Heitzman, Marina Coast
                                                                                                                  No action required.
                       (Informational Item)                                        Water District
                       Williamson Act                                                                             Recommended to the Planning Dept. that
                                                                                   Nadia Amador, Planning Dept.
                       Abram Minor Subdivision Proposal                                                           the subdivision is agriculturally viable.




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       Month                                    Subject                                     Speaker                 Action/Recommendation
                                                                                                             Discussion regarding the background of a
                       At-large open position                                    N/A
                                                                                                             potential member; no action taken.

 APRIL - No meeting held

 MAY - No meeting held

 JUNE
                       Commissioner’s Update:
                       A Light Brown Apple Moth
                                                                                 Bob Roach
                       B Glassy Winged Sharpshooter                                                          No action required.
                                                                                 Assistant Ag Commissioner
                       C. GMO Referral
                       D. Ranch Maps
                       Committee Bylaws:
                       Changes being proposed are to (1) remove the sunset
                       date of the Committee, which is scheduled to end on       Bob Roach
                                                                                                             No action required.
                       6/30/09; (2) increase term limits of members from two,    Assistant Ag Commissioner
                       three-year terms to three, three-year terms, and remove
                       term limits on Committee officers (Chair, Vice Chair).
                       Other Comments:                                           Bob Roach
                                                                                                             No action required.
                       Williamson Act – Elimination of funding subvention.       Assistant Ag Commissioner




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