Welcome to new MBEP member, the City of Del Rey Oaks, a city of just over 1,600 residents in the Monterey Peninsula sunbelt. City Manager Dino Pick says the city is well on the way to meeting compliance with state mandates to update its Housing Element, which identifies a city’s housing needs, establishes reasonable goals, objectives and policies based on those goals, and sets forth a comprehensive list of actions to achieve them. A housing element workshop earlier this month was well-attended and started the housing element update process. In order to do its part to help alleviate the statewide housing crisis, the city is nearing agreement on an exclusive negotiating agreement with a development team to develop the city’s Fort Ord property with an emphasis on housing. 

The city continues to improve its transportation infrastructure including street rehabilitation, the design and construction of South Boundary Road, and the Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway Project, a proposed 27-mile recreational trail connecting parks and neighborhoods traversing multiple cities and unincorporated areas and connecting to the Monterey Bay Scenic Coastal trail. 

In addition, Del Rey Oaks continues to work toward diversifying its cannabis business sector safely and in compliance with state county and municipal regulations. “On all of these fronts,” says Pick, “Monterey Bay Economic Partnership will be an important partner and we look forward to working with MBEP.”