• FORA board member agencies


    to the natural beauty of the former Fort Ord in Monterey County, California. Learn more about FORA and its member agencies.

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  • FORA Office in Marina

    Fort Ord Reuse Authority

    We are the regional planning authority working to implement the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan.

  • Transition Planning

    FORA Transition Planning

    The 2018 Transition Plan contains a detailed assignment of obligations, liabilities, and assets and include a plan for completing the required work for the region.

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  • Economy


    Implementation of the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan is laying the groundwork for sustainable economic development.

  • CSUMB campus


    The former Fort Ord is the regional center of a growing world-class educational community.

  • Fort Ord lands


    Conserving ecological resources of the former base is a main tenet of the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan.

  • The Three E's: Economy, Education, Environment

    Economy, Education & Environment

    Designation of the Fort Ord National Monument embodies the spirit of collaboration at the former Fort Ord.

Executive Officer's Message

Executive Officer, Michael Houlemard

During the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) experienced significant progress on multiple fronts. Specifically, FORA completed remaining munitions remedial activities, finished Surplus II building removal, received key mitigation payments from housing starts/sales, saw progress on design and environmental preparation for expansion of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, documented ongoing increases in job production, approved new housing and commercial projects, and the Habitat Conservation Plan is being published for public review. Also, the Oak Woodlands planning process is nearing completion.
The FORA Board adopted a 2018 Transition Plan and an accompanying resolution which is guiding the dissolution of FORA’s legislatively-mandated mission by conveying the obligations to underlying land use entities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is the reuse of the former Fort Ord being financed?

A: Under California law, FORA and the land use jurisdictions are responsible for arranging or providing financing of base-wide costs for replacing or constructing new roads, constructing reclaimed water system(s), conserving selected areas for native habitat, upgrading or replacing other infrastructure systems, and removing/rehabilitating 1,200 former military barrack and other buildings (as required under the Base Reuse Plan, by federal law, or by agreements with the local jurisdictions). In addition, the main financing mechanisms FORA has at its disposal are: 1) Fees paid by developers to mitigate the impacts of their developments. These are collected by a Community Facilities District (CFD ), 2) Land sale proceeds shared with the FORA jurisdictions 50-50 by state law. FORA uses its’ land sale shares to finance building removal.

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Fort Ord in the News

Fort Ord Pool

Marina wants to revive – and improve – the glory of an abandoned pool on the former Fort Ord

Monterey County Weekly:
The old pool next to Water City Sports and Roller Hockey in Marina stands in stark contrast to the clean craftsman-style University Village Apartments across the street. It’s easy to imagine what the facility was when it was in use – an impressive athletic pool lit by skylights in the soaring ceilings above. It’s now a place where local teens take edgy photos and add onto the colorful graffiti. Marina’s residents have other ideas: restoring it. “The bones are there,” says Brian McMinn, Marina’s public works director, who is helping lead the charge on reviving the pool for public use. “It’s been an option for quite a while within the whole of the University Village Master Plan.”

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Media Release

media release


Michael Houlemard, executive officer of Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA), is the recipient of the 2019 Association of Defense Communities (ADC) John Lynch Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes and is given to an individual whose outstanding leadership has served as a model for other base closure communities across the country. The award requires that the recipient's leadership has been essential in ensuring that a community or local redevelopment authority has shown measurable results and has significantly assisted in addressing community-specific economic needs following a base realignment or closure.

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