Who is CVSOS?
We are a group of community members concerned with the safety of our families and friends who are organizing to protect open space. Our first action is to raise money to acquire the Delfino property, aka, the Carmel Valley Airfield. Our community meetings have gathered over 250 interested neighbors, civic leaders and include land use attorneys and community organizers. We continue to grow through word of mouth, social media and public relations.
What’s the status of CVSOS?
CVSOS is a CA non-profit corporation currently awaiting approval of our 501(c)(3) status. 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 develop-able 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?
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, Kate Daniels, has attended all of the 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 five working committees with valley residents as active participants: Fundraising, Acquisition, Public Use, Outreach, & Governance. We have held four 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. Please take our survey to let us know your thoughts on this!
What are the plans?
Public use could go in any number of directions, however fire protection is our #1 priority. What would you like to see? Please fill out our questionnaire here.
What’s the timeline?
Our efforts are urgent. The question is not if, but when, the next fires will threaten this beautiful area. For the safety and protection of our way of life, please help us provide an open space for fire safety and emergency efforts now! Let’s not wait until it’s too late. We are organized and gaining momentum…we need your pledge of support