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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Campus Town Specific Plan DEIR Now Available

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campus town specific plan cover photoThe Campus Town Specific Plan Draft Enivornmental Impact report is now available at 

About Campus Town 

The Campus Town Specific Plan proposed project proposes the construction and operation of up to 1,485 housing units; 250 hotel rooms; 75 youth hostel beds; 150,000 square feet (sf) of retail, dining, and entertainment uses; and 50,000 sf of office, flex, makerspace, and light industrial uses; as well as park/recreational areas (including approximately nine acres of public open space and 3.3 acres of private open space), and supporting infrastructure, on approximately 122.23 acres. 

The proposed Project area is an ~85 net acre large infill project to replace a dilapidated portion of the former Fort Ord Army Base near the freeway interchange at Lightfighter Avenue and Highway 1. 

An EIR has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which summarizes the characteristics of the Proposed Project, alternatives to the Proposed Project, and the environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the Proposed Project.

This Project Desires To:

  • Create a strong “sense of place” and community identity that integrates well with the adjacent University;
  • Increase the availability of arts and entertainment destinations, work opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, housing opportunities and visitor opportunities available to students and faculty at the University and to the region as a whole;
  • Provide quality housing for those working at the university and those working throughout the region in such a way that transit, bicycling, ride-sharing and other transportation options are viable for the residents of this development;
  • Provide new employment and mixed-use opportunities for the region; and
  • Attract visitors, regional shoppers and high quality employment opportunities to strengthen the City’s tax base.Campus Town Project Public Workshop flyer

Legal notice: Draft EIR Now Available & Public Comment Period 

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City of Seaside, acting as the Lead Agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Campus Town Specific Plan (the Proposed Project) (SCH#2018021079).

PROJECT SUMMARY AND LOCATIONThe Proposed Project would guide the future development of land on the former Fort Ord, and as such is envisioned for redevelopment in a manner consistent with the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) Base Reuse Plan (BRP) and the City’s General Plan. The Specific Plan is intended to create a Mixed-Use urban village to serve residents, visitors, and University students. Key elements of development in the Plan Area will be focused on providing arts and entertainment, retail, housing, visitor lodging, and employment space for the University student population. The Proposed Project is located within the City of Seaside on former Fort Ord land; situated at the northern end of Seaside, approximately one-mile east of Monterey Bay and 2,600 feet east of the Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and 900 feet east of State Route 1 (SR 1). The Plan Area is generally bounded by 1st Avenue to the west and 7th Avenue to the east, by Lighfighter Drive and Colonel Durham Street to the north, and by Gigling Road to the south. The Plan Area is located within the Former Ford Ord, which is identified as a Superfund cleanup site with abandoned military buildings and hazardous materials.

 PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD: The Draft EIR will be available for review and comment commencing July 8, 2019 and ending August 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM (comments must be received by this time). Any person wishing to comment on the Draft EIR or the Specific Plan may provide written comments to Kurt Overmeyer, Economic Development Department, City of Seaside, 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside California 93955 or via email to Please include the name of a designated contact person.

The current draft of the Campus Town Specific Plan, the Draft EIR, and all documents incorporated by reference are available for review on the City’s website at, Additionally, hard copies are available for review at the following locations:

  • Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, California
  • City of Seaside, Planning Division, 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, California
  • Seaside Branch Library, 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside, California
  • Seaside Creates, 656 Broadway Avenue, Seaside, California

PROJECT DETAILS: The Proposed Project would result in build-out development of up to: 1,485 housing units, 250 hotel rooms, 75 youth hostel beds, 150,000 square feet of retail, dining, and entertainment uses, 50,000 square feet of office, flex, or makerspace, as well as park/recreation areas (including approximately nine acres of public open space and 3.3 acres of private open space), and supporting infrastructure. The Draft EIR also evaluates Alternatives 1 (No Project), 2 (Reduced Buildout, Clustered Development), and 3 (Increased Housing Density and Employment) in comparison to the Proposed Project. The approval of the Proposed Project by the City is contingent on the review and certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report and potential approval of associated entitlements, including but not limited to the Specific Plan, Zoning Amendments, Vesting Tentative Tract Map, and Use Permits.

ANTICIPATED ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: The City prepared a Draft EIR pursuant to requirements of the State Guidelines for the Implementation of the CEQA. The City has prepared a Draft EIR for the proposed Campus Town Specific Plan due to potential significant adverse effects as a result of implementation. The Draft EIR prepared for the Proposed Project discusses and identifies significant impacts, mitigation measures to reduce impacts if feasible, and residual impacts. Significant impacts were identified for the following resource areas: Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions/Climate Change, Hydrology and Water Quality, Noise, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities and Service Systems.

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