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HISTORY

Ferrini Ranch is comprised of 870 acres in Monterey County immediately south of Highway 68 and 2.5 miles west of Salinas. Highway 68 stretches 20 miles between Salinas and Monterey. Development of the Toro community started in the late 1950s with the opening of the Corral de Tierra Golf Club and the development of Corral de Tierra Oaks. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Kelton family built the Toro Park Estates neighborhood and purchased the Ferrini Ranch property in 1970. County land use plans have anticipated building new housing for the Toro community on this property for more than 40 years.

County Plans for Ferrini Ranch

1980s - After a number of years of planning and review, the County of Monterey adopted the Kelton’s proposed Toro Vista Specific Plan in December 1980. This plan called for 599 residential units and some commercial development on 1,062 acres, and allowed development of many flat areas (including the bull field) immediately adjacent to Highway 68. Subsequently, the Kelton family agreed to place a permanent agricultural easement on 127 acres of farmland. The Kelton family also placed additional scenic easements on 29 acres of Salinas River riparian habitat northeast of River Road. Those easements remain in place today.

1990s - The County rescinded the 1980 Toro Vista Specific Plan in November 1993. County staff determined the property suitable for up to 447 residential units under applicable land use regulations. The current Ferrini Ranch plan proposes 212 residential units --- less than half the 447 allowable units.

2000s - Between 2002 and 2005, the Kelton family met frequently with conservationists, neighbors, members of the community and County staff to explore ways to provide new housing and recreational opportunities while protecting:

  • Greater amounts of open space
  • Views of the bull field along Highway 68
  • Agricultural heritage
  • Wildlife corridors

The result was the Ferrini Ranch proposal submitted in 2005. The submitted plan significantly reduced the number of residential units from a potential 447 units to 212 units. In addition, all of the residential lots have been relocated to areas which have little or no visibility from Highway 68. The County spent seven years studying the potential environmental impacts of the 2005 proposal and released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed Ferrini Ranch project on August 28, 2012.

A revised DEIR is now recirculating and contains Reduced Impact Alternatives and other additional information (click here for details). Comments on the Recirculated DEIR document are due to the County by August 18, 2014.

Note: If Reduced Impact Alternative 5A/B in the Recirculated DEIR is adopted and approved, permanent open space would increase from 70% to 80% of the proposed project, residential units would be reduced from 212 to 185 units, and the size of a wine-related/visitor-serving facility would be reduced from 110,000 to 28,500 square feet.

Creating the Toro Community

1957 - The Laguna Seca Raceway was built on a portion of the Ft. Ord Army base.

1959 - The Country Club purchased 120 acres from W. B. Grainger to build a golf course and clubhouse, which helped create new demand for housing along Hwy 68.

Early 1960s - The Ferrini family sold a portion of its property north and west of Hwy 68 leading to the development of Toro Park, San Benancio and Corral de Tierra residential communities.

Mid 1960s - The Kelton family began construction and sale of homes in the Toro Park Estates community.

1970 - The Kelton family purchased the Ferrini Ranch Property from the Ferrini family.

1971 - Toro Regional Park, purchased from the Ferrini family, first opened to the public.

1980 - The County adopted the Toro Vista Specific Plan allowing 599 homes (later revised to 447) at Ferrini Ranch.

1994 - The Ft. Ord military base officially closed.

2002-2005 - The Kelton family held a series of meetings with conservation groups, members of the Highway 68 Coalition, and interested others in an effort to completely revamp the Ferrini Ranch plan. The new approach developed through this collaboration worked to place homes away from the most important viewsheds and protected all key scenic areas along Hwy 68 in permanent open space. A wine-oriented facility was also proposed that would be accessed from River Road and could help promote wineries located to the south in the Monterey County Wine Corridor.

2005 - The Ferrini Ranch application was deemed complete.

2005-2012 - The County began an extensive environmental and planning review of the proposed Ferrini Ranch project.  The Keltons continued to meet with local residents and stakeholders to gather feedback on the proposed plan and a revised plan was prepared. A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the revised and reduced plan was released by the County in 2012.

2011 - The Kelton family teamed with Ray Harrod, Jr., a highly regarded local homebuilder and current resident of the Toro community, as partners in the proposed Ferrini Ranch project.

2012 – 2014  A Recirculated DEIR includes a new environmentally-superior Reduced Impact Alternative 5A/B.  Review and comments on the RDEIR are due August 18, 2014.
 

 

 
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