Legislation Would Extend Life of Ft. Ord LRA
A state lawmaker from Carmel, Calif., introduced legislation Wednesday extending the sunset date of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) from 2014 to 2024.
The authority is the best mechanism to complete Fort Ord’s conversion to civilian use, an effort that covers cleanup, preservation of natural habitat and redevelopment, Assemblyman Bill Monning said, according to the Monterey County Herald.
“Having a regional authority that oversees the base reuse plan and other obligations yet to be completed will benefit the entire Monterey Bay region and provide a forum to guarantee balanced and sustainable reuse efforts,” Monning said.
Extending the authority’s life is critical for it to achieve its goals, according to FORA Executive Officer Michael Houlemard.
“Extending the sunset of FORA through 2024 will continue important resources that protect habitat, remove explosives and help recover from closure impacts while protecting our Monterey Bay quality of life,” Houlemard said.
“Sustaining FORA’s regional environmental, economic and community programs is essential to successful recovery from the many losses we all experienced in the 1990s. As we all know now, these recovery efforts take longer than a single generation,” he added.