On March 16, 2010, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors took action to extend the life of many zoning permits approved since January 1, 2006 that were otherwise due to expire. Due to the difficult economic climate, many property owners have been unable to move forward with development projects under zoning permits obtained from Monterey County in the last few years. Monterey County has historically granted zoning permits for an initial period of 2 years, though property owners could request an extension of this initial period. In 2009, due in large part to the severe recession, the County began granting zoning permits for an initial period of 3 or 4 years. The Board’s recent action would grant some relief to property owners by automatically extending the life of zoning permits granted between January 1, 2006 and January 1, 2009 for an additional 2 years.
The Ordinance becomes effective on April 16, 2010 for use permits, variances, administrative permits, and combined development permits on properties outside the Coastal Zone. The change must be approved by the California Coastal Commission before it would apply to coastal development permits, variances, coastal administrative permits, and combined development permits issued for properties within the Coastal Zone. The Coastal Commission will consider the change at a future meeting.
For more information on this and other land use law and real property law issues, contact David C. Sweigert of Fenton & Keller’s Land Use team.
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