A site visit in November 2014, allowed the planning team to meet FORA Staff, the RUDG Taskforce, elected officials, residents, developers, and other local stakeholders in preparation for the charrette. Technical meetings were also held with members of the California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Monterey County, and the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), and the Monterey Salinas Transit Authority (MSTA) to discuss topics such as regional transit, trails and trailhead development, development, and habitat conservation. The various, initial hands-on visioning sessions, meetings, and interviews helped the team to grasp the dynamics of the former Fort Ord and gain a better understanding of the challenges facing the region.