mission statement
Fort Ord Lands

The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) is responsible for the oversight of Monterey Bay area economic recovery from the closure and reuse planning of the former Fort Ord military base. The former Fort Ord was/is located on the California coastline near the Monterey Peninsula consisting of 45 square miles/28,000 acres.

FORA implements this legislatively mandated mission by overseeing replacement land use; assuring compliance with adopted measures; removing physical barriers to reuse; financing and constructing major components of the required infrastructure and basewide demands; and protecting identified environmental reserves. FORA exercises its planning, financing, and monitoring responsibilities under state law authority to meet these objectives in the best interest of the Northern Monterey Bay Community.

Michael A. Houlemard, Jr.

executive officer's Message

FY 2016-2017 will be remembered for key advancement in the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) mission. This past year we saw building removal progress, munitions remediation, and economic recovery in veteran's services, water augmentation, and environmental conservation tied to trails programming and habitat restoration. The Central Coast community can be particularly proud of the Pure Water Project, Central Coast Veterans Cemetery opening, dedication of the Cal State Monterey Bay Joel and Dena Gambord Business and Information Technology Building, William F. Gourley Veterans Administration/Department of Defense Clinic construction, East Garrison/Dunes on Monterey Bay/Sea Haven affordable and market rate housing and Spring Hill Suites & Fast Casual Dining Complex along 2nd Avenue. Clearly, another memorable and successful year in the recovery from former Fort Ord closure.

Several key projects are moving toward approval from Del Rey Oaks to Seaside’s Surplus II and Main Gate to the Marina Municipal Airport and UC Monterey Bay Education Science and Technology Center. Several projects will break ground this year.

In June 2017, state/federal regulators certified that field work completion for the $100M munitions removal work completed by FORA for the US Army. Regulatory agencies also acknowledged conclusion of related restoration of key habitat areas. FORA staff also finalized negotiations with the Army for an additional $8-10M for post fieldwork services through 2028.

In the midst of this important progress, the Regional Urban Design Guidelines were completed—setting a framework for Trails, Gateways, Town and Village Centers, and Regional Corridors. This past May 8, the American Planning Association honored FORA with a National Best Practices Award for the Guidelines.

The FY 2016-2017 accomplishments and the continuing FORA Board reuse commitment, attests to the collective dedicated leadership of our region. All should be proud of this past year's achievements, as we look toward a productive, collaborative, and exciting year ahead!


Michael A. Houlemard, Jr.


Members of FORA Executive Committee - highlighted


County of Monterey
Supervisor Jane Parker 1st Vice Chair
Supervisor Mary Adams
Supervisor John Phillips
Supervisor Simon Salinas*
Supervisor Luis Alejo*

City of Del Rey Oaks
Mayor Jerry Edelen
Councilmember Kristin Clark*

City of Marina
Councilmember Frank O’Connell Past Chair
Councilmember Gail Morton
Mayor Pro-Tem David Brown*
Councilmember Nancy Amadeo*

City of Monterey
Vice Mayor Alan Haffa
Councilmember Ed Smith*

City of Seaside
Mayor Ralph Rubio Chair
Councilmember Dennis Alexander
Councilmember Dave Pacheco*
Councilmember Jason Campbell*

City of Sand City
Mayor Mary Ann Carbone

City of Salinas
Mayor Joe Gunter
Councilmember Steve McShane*

City of Pacific Grove
Councilmember Cynthia Garfield
Mayor Bill Kampe*

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Councilmember Jan Reimers
Mayor Steve Dallas*

20th Congressional District
Congressman Jimmy Panetta
Kathleen Lee*

17th State Senate District
Senator Bill Monning
Nicole Charles*

29th State Assembly District
Assemblymember Mark Stone
Erica Parker*

Transportation Agency of Monterey County
Debbie Hale
Todd Muck*
Mike Zeller*

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Dr. P.K. Diffenbaugh
Brett McFadden*

University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Scott Brandt
Steve Matarazzo*

California State University Monterey Bay
Dr. Eduardo Ochoa
Kevin Saunders*
Andre Lewis*

United States Army
COL Lawrence Brown
Hugh Hardin*

Fort Ord Army Base Realignment & Closure Office (BRAC)
Bill Collins
Melissa Broadston*

Monterey Peninsula College
Dr. Walter Tribley
Steve Crow*

Monterey-Salinas Transit
Hunter Harvath
Michelle Overmeyer*
Lisa Rheinheimer*

Marina Coast Water District
Howard Gustafson
Dr. Thomas Moore*
William Lee*