MONTEREY COUNTY — The 2022 update to the Monterey County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which describes the county’s vulnerability to various hazards, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing risk, is now available for public review.

Monterey County and local jurisdictions are required to update their hazard mitigation plan every five years to remain eligible for federal mitigation funding. The 2022 Monterey County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is a comprehensive update to the 2016 plan.

“This document describes the County’s vulnerability to various hazards, along with ways to reduce risk,” said Maia Carroll, the county’s communications coordinator. “Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.”

With careful selection, hazard mitigation actions can be “long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and help create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community,” according to a county news release.

The 2022 plan includes unincorporated Monterey County, the cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside and Soledad, as well as the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, the Carmel Area Wastewater District, Monterey One Water, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District and the Moss Landing Harbor District. 

An open public involvement process is “essential to the development of an effective plan,” the release added.  

The community is encouraged to review the updated draft plan and provide comments, which will be accepted through 5 p.m. on March 11. Comments will be reviewed by the planning team and incorporated into the final plan as appropriate.

“All are invited to take a look at this document and provide comments through March 11,” Carroll said.

To review the plan and provide comment, visit

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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