Who is CVSOS?

We are a group of community members concerned with the safety of our families and friends who are organizing to conserve open space for the benefit of the community. Our first action is to raise money to acquire the Carmel Valley Airfield property. Our community meetings have gathered over 400 interested neighbors and civic leaders. We continue to grow through word of mouth, social media, and public relations—and through neighbors like yourself who realize the importance of preserving this important open space property.

What’s the status of CVSOS?

CVSOS is a CA non-profit corporation. Our status as a 501(c)(3) was granted on August 6, 2018 and our EIN number is 83-1817028. Our public meetings provide updates on committee tasks and an opportunity for the community to get involved. We are exploring various methods of acquisition, including transferable development rights and conservation easements. We are reaching out to regional land trusts and fiduciary umbrella organizations. The Community Foundation and the Carmel Valley Forum have both offered to work with us as we start our fundraising efforts.

What are the characteristics of the airfield property?

The property is a developable 30-acre Low Density Residential zoned property surrounded by private residences, very close to Carmel Valley Village, the Tularcitos Elementary School, and our Community Park. The Delfino Trust has tried for over a decade to sell the property for development of 18 single family dwellings and 6 inclusionary units as outlined in the Carmel Valley Land Use Plan and the county General Plan. The property is currently for sale as three separate lots, presumably for single family homes.

Who owns the property?

As of December 2020, property has been purchased by private party. The current owner, the Delfino Family Trust, is supportive of our efforts and very much wishes the property to remain in use for the benefit of the community.

Who is supporting this effort? 

We have the support of our Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams. Her chief of staff has attended several of our community meetings. We are in the process of gathering other letters/pledges of support from influential political and community leaders.

What work is the community doing to make this happen?

We have six working committees with valley residents as active participants: Fundraising, Development, Nominating, Public Use, Outreach, and Governance. We have held several community meetings so far and numerous committee meetings.

Who will manage the property?  

The possibilities may include Carmel Valley Recreation & Park District, the Regional Park District, a non-profit Land Trust, or Conservation Group ultimately gaining title to the property.

What are the plans?

Public use could go in any number of directions. However, fire protection is our #1 priority.

What were the CVSOS survey results?

  • The CVSOS survey obtained 256 responses
  • Majority responses selected leave “as is” and nature/eco park with maintained trails for preferred usage
  • Assessment:
    • 54% are open to an assessment to help pay for property
    • 38% were willing to consider an assessment
    • 8% did not support an assessment
  • 200 responded on yearly assessment amount (this would be for a limited amount of years). Results:
    • 7% for greater than $100
    • 37% for $100
    • 9% for $75
    • 26% for $50
    • 22% for $25
  • In addition, affordable housing was considered as a funding source – further research precluded this as a viable option, as the number of units needed to acquire funding was not compatible with use of property as Open Space and/or for emergency services

What’s the timeline?

Our efforts are urgent. The community can come together to preserve this jewel in the “heart of the valley” as Open Space or see it developed.

Unfortunately, the question is not if, but when, the next fires will threaten this beautiful area.  For the safety of our community and to preserve this unique property, please join the effort with your tax deductible donation and help purchase this property for Open Space. 

Let’s not wait until it’s too late. CVSOS is organized and moving forward…we need your support.

Thank you!


Site updated April 2021