The Land Plan

The Land Plan

Our 300 owner-families made a commitment to share and protect our 20,000 acres of private land.




 The Plan for The Preserve, conceived nearly 20 years ago by Tom Gray and his partners, is the first successful model for achieving a sustainable balance of settlement with land conservation on a large scale. Key to the balance is the original concept of a Community Preserve, a commitment by 300 owner-families to share and protect 20,000 acres of private land, an area greater than the entire Monterey Peninsula. The concept evolved from a desire to maintain the integrity of the serene ranching experience this land has offered since the early 19th century. From five years of scientific studies of the land came a resource-based plan to sustain its character in perpetuity while providing an extraordinary quality of life for those who choose to settle here and make Santa Lucia Preserve a part of their own family legacy. The Land Plan - Sustainable Land Plan Carmel, Sustainable Land Plan Monterey Peninsula