Permits issued to Ventana by the CCC

Update on the new Ventana entry wall and sign and other inconsistencies with Ventana permits issued by the California Coastal Commissions (CCC)

The Monterey County Historic Resources Review Board took comments (January 4, 2018) from Big Sur residents concerning the lack of local review for development permits issued to Ventana by the CCC. The board was also presented with clear evidence that the Ventana sign and wall recently built in front of the Post Homestead (National Historic Registry) is not the wall which the Historic Review Board approved for the project. The wall that was approved was a re-build of a historic low, drywall of native stone. The wall that has been built is a much larger, non-native stone, retaining wall and it was moved to the edge of the entry road. It was then backfilled to enlarge the food service area of the Homestead which is to be converted to a cafe.

TheHistoric Resources Review Board felt that the wall as built was not approved and significantly detracts from the character of the Homestead and the historic site.

This wall represents only one of five serious land use plan inconsistencies in the Ventana permits issued by the CCC in December 2016. Thankfully, the Review Board responded clearly and honestly to the inconsistency of the new Homestead wall. The CCC and the county have not been responsive to our appeals and complaints of these inconsistencies. Please help us take them to task, sign the Big Sur… Let it Be petition.

This is a more serious issue than it may appear, if not reversed this will set the president for future development. The petitions can be found at Fernwood Store, The Henry Miller Library here online:

We will take this back to the Coastal Commission with the community behind us.

Thank You!


CCC  Staff report June 13, 2013:
With respect to signage concerns, Commission staff is committed to working closely with Ventana concerning the sign to be placed on Highway One, as well as signage to be placed within Ventana’s property on trails within Ventana, so that the approved signs accurately reflect the public’s rights to the property (and the limits thereof) and resemble and conform to current and proposed signage types in the Big Sur area.

The metal signs that are now installed do not conform to design standards.