Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (MBSST) Master Plan EIR

MBSSTRincon is working as part of the RRM Design Group team to prepare an EIR for development of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network (MBSST Network) in Santa Cruz County. The MBSST Network corridor stretches the entire length of Santa Cruz County from the San Mateo County line north of Davenport past the Pajaro River in Watsonville. The trail would extend through unincorporated Santa Cruz County and portions of the cities of Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Watsonville. The MBSST Network corridor would primarily align with the former Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line right-of-way, a 32-mile, continuous travel corridor now owned by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. The MBSST Network will serve transportation, recreation, health, eco-tourism, coastal access, economic vitality, and educational and interpretive purposes. The master plan is intended to identify the main coastal trail “spine” from San Mateo to Monterey County along with trail spurs to maximize coastal, neighborhood, community and multi-modal access opportunities throughout the MBSST system. Agricultural resources was a key issue area for the project, and the analysis considered impacts related to conversion of Prime farmland, land use conflicts between agriculture and trail users, and conflicts with existing zoning and Williamson Act contracts.

The project has been recognized as an Outstanding Planning Document by the American Planning Association, the Association of Environmental Professionals, and the California State Parks’ Trails and Greenways Program.

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