TAMC

Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway

Draft Environmental Impact Report:
Public Comment Period is Open!

The FORTAG Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be available for a 57-day public review period from November 7, 2019, until January 3, 2020. Comments will be considered for inclusion in the final environmental document.

The Draft EIR includes detailed information on the proposed project, environmental impact analysis, mitigation measures, and project alternatives.

Hardcopies of the Draft EIR will be available at the following locations:

  • TAMC Offices (55-B Plaza Circle, Salinas, California 93901)
  • Marina Branch Library (190 Seaside Circle, Marina, California 93933)
  • Seaside Branch Library (550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, California 93955)
Draft EIR Appendices

Appendix A – Notice of Preparation and Comments
Appendix B – Key Viewpoint Forms
Appendix C – Biological Resources Assessment
Appendix D – California Emissions Estimator Model Results
Appendix E – Energy Calculations
Appendix F – Paleontological Resources Assessment
Appendix G – Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

How do I submit my comments on the Draft EIR?

Comments can be submitted in writing via email or letter to TAMC at:

Transportation Agency for Monterey County
Attn: Rich Deal, Principal Engineer
55-B Plaza Circle
Salinas, CA 93901
rich@tamcmonterey.org

Draft EIR Public Meetings

Comments can also be submitted in person at the following public meetings:

Seaside Marina
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oldemeyer Center, Blackhorse Room
968 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, California 98955
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Marina Branch Library, Meeting Room
190 Seaside Circle
Marina, California 93933

TAMC staff will also be presenting the Draft EIR and collecting public input at the following Agency/City Council meetings:

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Seaside City Hall
440 Harcourt Ave
Seaside, California 93955
FORTAG Draft EIR Presentation: Seaside City Council
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Del Rey Oaks City Hall
650 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Del Rey Oaks, California 93940
FORTAG Draft EIR Presentation: Del Rey Oaks City Council
Monday, December 2, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Laguna Grande Regional Park Joint Powers Agency
Seaside City Hall
440 Harcourt Ave
Seaside, California 98955
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Marina City Hall
211 Hillcrest Ave
Marina, California 9393
FORTAG Draft EIR Presentation: Marina City Council
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
TAMC Board of Directors
Agricultural Center, Conference Room
1428 Abbott Street
Salinas, California 93901
FORTAG Draft EIR Presentation: TAMC Board of Directors
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Board of Directors
Palo Corona Regional Park, Pub Room
4860 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, California 93923
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Monterey City Hall
580 Pacific Street
Monterey, California 93940
Project Description

The Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway (FORTAG) is part of a larger effort to connect communities in and around the former Fort Ord to each other and to education, employment, community, and recreation centers. FORTAG is a proposed new paved regional active transportation route that will serve as a safe pedestrian and bicycle corridor connecting Seaside, Marina, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey and unincorporated community residents to California State University Monterey Bay, the Fort Ord National Monument and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.

FORTAG is proposed as a 24.2-mile continuous 12-ft wide paved bicycle and pedestrian trail with an open-space buffer on both sides. FORTAG will connect to 7.5 miles of existing Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail, for a total 31.7 regional trail in the Monterey Peninsula that will connect with the existing and planned active transportation network, and will provide connections to unpaved trails in the Fort Ord National Monument. The northern loop of FORTAG encircles Marina, following a 13 mile route that includes 3 miles of the existing Coastal Rec Trail. The southern loop of FORTAG encircles Seaside and bisects Del Rey Oaks, following a 15 mile route that includes 4 miles of the existing coastal trail system. The route includes spurs connecting with existing and planned bike/pedestrian infrastructure. Several sections of the paved trail will link to nearby unpaved trails.

Background Information

The FORTAG project is a grassroots proposal, more information on the background and development can be found here: http://fortag.org/

Environmental review and preliminary engineering design for the FORTAG project is underway. Certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is expected by June 2020.

Project Benefits 
  • Provides a safe connection between residential areas, schools, workplaces, regional parks, and city services
  • Enhances property values along the greenway corridor
  • Provides community health benefits from active transportation routes
  • Creates economic benefits from associated retail, hospitality, and competitive events
Funding

FORTAG has $20 million in Measure X funding. $500,000 of State SB 1 Local Partnership Program funds and $500,000 of Transportation Development Act 2% funds have been allocated for environmental review and engineering design.

TAMC secured a highly competitive State Active Transportation Program grant for $10.3 million to fund construction of the Canyon Del Rey Blvd (Highway 218) segment of FORTAG between Del Rey Woods Elementary School and Laguna Grande Regional Park.

Notice of Preparation

TAMC held two public scoping meetings to provide an opportunity for the public and representatives of public agencies to address the scope of the environmental impact report. The meetings were on Thursday, June 27th at the following locations:

Seaside Marina
Thursday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oldermeyer Center, Blackhorse Meeting Room
968 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, California 98955
Thursday, June 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Marina Library Meeting Room
188 Seaside Circle
Marina, California 93933

FORTAG Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting – Presentation (6/27)
FORTAG Proposed Alignment – Google Earth Map (6/27)

Written comments were accepted until 5:00 p.m., July 15, 2019.

FORTAG Notice of Preparation – Comments Received

The Notice of Preparation includes a map and more information about the proposed Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway (FORTAG) project.

Public Outreach

Online Survey and Pop-Up Event

TAMC collected input on the proposed Ford Ord Regional Trail and Greenway through an online survey The survey was live from August 24, 2019 until 10pm on September 13th, 2019.

TAMC hosted a pop-up event on the Coastal Recreation Trail near Roberts Lake on Saturday August 24th, from 9am-12pm where staff engaged with many trail users and launched the public awareness survey about the project.

Survey results will be posted shortly.

Community Workshops

In 2019, TAMC held community workshops and outreach events to provide information about the project background and collect input on the environmental impact report. The documents below summarize public outreach:

February 2019 – Del Rey Oaks Community Workshop
April 2019 – Del Rey Oaks Outreach Event

Presentations

November 2019 – TAMC Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee
October 2019 – Airport Land Use Commission

For more information about this project or how to get involved, contact Stefania Castillo, Assistant Project Manager, at (831) 775-4412 or stefania@tamcmonterey.org.