"We Are Aptos" is a community group formed by residents who are concerned about the impact of the Aptos Village Development.
Although the proposed plans appear beautiful,
the plan is far too large for our historic Aptos Village.
Our members support an Aptos Village Development
that respects the community, the economy,
the historical elements and valuable natural resources of Aptos.
There are many concerns with the proposed project.
Our top concerns are Traffic, Water, and Safety.
It is clearly evident to all who live and travel on Soquel Drive through the heart of Aptos Village that traffic through the Village is slow and congested. With fixed train trestles at either end that cannot be widened,
traffic is funneled through the Village and often backs-up to Rio Del Mar Boulevard in one direction
and to State Park Drive in the other direction. During peak hours commuter and Valencia School traffic
backs up Trout Gulch Road every weekday morning and afternoon/evening.
As currently planned, the Village Development will add 69 residences, 15 retail shops, 4 new restaurants
and a large New Leaf grocery center!
The so-called "extensive traffic studies" are dated from 2003-2010 and do not, nor could not, accurately
reflect the traffic conditions of Aptos Village in 2016.
In terms of parking, it is highly unlikely that the additional spaces proposed by the plan will provide adequate parking for the above-mentioned residences, commercial shops and grocery store, while continuing to accommodate patrons for the current merchants of Aptos Village, the substantial numbers of bicycling enthusiasts and visitors to Nisene Marks State Park.
As currently planned, the Aptos Village Development is too large, will draw too much traffic, and will
forever change and diminish the historic character of our Aptos Village!
As currently planned, the Aptos Village Project requires a new, deep well (approx. 710 ft.)
to be drilled at the corner of Cathedral Drive and Trout Gulch Road. Drilling is projected to
take place over several months in early 2016.
Even if the proposed Aptos Village Development uses water-saving appliances and water-wise landscaping this large development will undoubtedly place greater demands on the already over-drafted aquifer –– far exceeding what is now drawn by the current commercial and residential users in and around Aptos Village.
"We Are Aptos" supports reducing the scale of the Village Development project to reduce overall water demand, and increase green and sustainable options (such as rain-catchment systems, gray-water recycling, native-plant landscaping, and other options that better represent the nature and interests of Aptos Village and its citizens).
It is undeniable that, as currently planned, the Aptos Village Development will increase
automobile traffic, congestion and gridlock through the Village.
Not only will this impact our ability to navigate through the busy intersections, but, alarmingly,
it will pose a threat to public safety!
We have grave concerns about ease of access for our Fire Department, Police Department,
first-responders and ambulance services.
Should there be a need for evacuation of area residents and of children at Valencia Elementary School
(e.g. earthquake, fire, flash-flood, or other emergency) the potential for a major disaster is incalculable.
We are in favor of scaling back the Village Development to reduce congestion and
minimize disaster during an evacuation. We also ask the county and the developer to provide adequate sidewalks and bike paths throughout Aptos Village and up to Valencia Elementary School.