The San Ramon City Council November election is very important in the effort to save Tassajara Valley and to hold our County’s Urban Limit Line. Watch the video!
MAY 24, 2018 — Through the efforts of many citizens and organizations that have voiced their objections to this development, the completion of the Final Environmental Impact Report continued to be stymied and hearing dates delayed and delayed. However, according to the County the Final EIR will be completed and posted soon.
The final environmental report for the 125 home development in the eastern Tassajara Valley, adjacent to Tassajara Hills Elementary School, will soon be issued, hearing dates set, and sent to the Board of Supervisors for a vote.
To refresh your mind, please read on:
The developer of Tassajara Parks has tried multiple iterations to gain approval for his project and in his latest attempt has added a few new wrinkles in an attempt to gain the county’s approval to allow his development to cross the county’s urban limit line (“ULL”). His inducements to the county include:
• Ask the County, San Ramon, and Danville to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to not support further development in Tassajara Valley.
• Donate a portion of his land for open space
• Write a check for $4 million to the County
Approval of this development can only happen when 4 out of 5 supervisors vote yes and at least one of seven approved exceptions are cited by the Supervisors. The only exception that could possibly be cited is that a “Preservation Agreement” exists and that is why the developer is attaching the MOU that creates the Preservation Agreement as an appendix to the Environmental Impact Report.
• The MOU is a document that was invented by the developer to try to skip the required public vote to move the ULL for his project
• The MOU bills itself as a preservation agreement, but does not actually preserve anything, since Tassajara Valley is already legally protected by the ULL and restrictive zoning
• The MOU is growth-inducing because once in place it will allow any developer in the entire county to also skip the required public vote to develop outside the ULL.
• The MOU is not enforceable—the signatory parties may abandon the agreement at any time.
Before the County’s Supervisors can give their approval to Tassajara Parks, they will be faced with some hard facts and determined opposition from citizens and organizations throughout the county. First the facts:
• The developments total area exceeds 30 acres, therefore a public vote is required
• The county’s own required five year study conducted in 2016 concluded that “sufficient capacity exists inside the ULL to accommodate housing and job growth through 2036”
• It appears that the city council of San Ramon is undecided on joining the MOU, and without San Ramon’s participation and Danville’s opposition, the MOU cannot be executed and no exception can be used by the Supervisors to approve the development
• We believe that only one more supervisor’s vote is needed to defeat this project.
Organizations on record as opposed to this development include:
• The town of Danville
• Greenbelt Alliance
• Sierra Club
• East Bay Municipal Utility District
• Tassajara Valley Preservation Association
• And over 3300 signers of our petition
The time for action is now. We will notify you of any governmental organization where and when the Tassajara Parks comes to a vote. But importantly, please do this now:
• Contact at least one friend in the county and ask them to sign
thereby doubling the signatures on the petition that will be
presented to the Supervisors
With your help, this project will be defeated and our Urban Limit Line preserved!
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Contra Costa County Development and Conservation Department has updated the posting date for the Tassajara Park's Final Environment Report to early May. We will post the updated meeting/hearing schedule soon!
In the meantime:
- Please continue to share the "Hold the Urban Limit Line!" petition.
- Please print NEW Petition Cards to share!
If this is the first time you've heard of this threat to Contra Costa County's Urban Limit Line, please read previous updates and In the News for more information!
This week's Urban Limit Line Update: Gretchen Logue, Co-founder of the Tassajara Valley Preservation Assoc talks about two Tassajara Parks Misconceptions. Call to action this week - Join the "Hold the Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line!" Affiliate List! Please watch video!
#Tassajara #Danville #SanRamon
UPDATE - As promised the Tassajara Valley Preservation Association "TVPA" has been keeping a close eye on the proposed Tassajara Parks project, which if approved, will break our voter mandated Urban Limit Line and set a precedence for other developers to follow on our county’s currently protected open space and agriculture land! TOGETHER, We CAN HOLD OUR COUNTY’S URBAN LIMIT LINE! Now is the time for you to be engaged in civic action, so our communities will continue to be a place we want to live! The TVPA will give weekly updates as we gear up to Hold our Urban Limit Line and preserve our quality of life! Your engagement is critical in this stage. Read on to learn important ways you can participate.
1. The Tassajara Park's Final Environmental Impact Report is scheduled to come out the end of March. This is important, because this sets into motion the final stages of approval or non-approval of this project! Which means, that the time to speak up and make your opinion known during public hearings is fast approaching! Mark your calendar! Civic engagement at this hearing is vital to stopping this proposed development! Speakers, observers and written comments are essential at this meeting! Don’t listen to the naysayers. Your voice does COUNT! Our ELECTED officials listen to their voters.
Contra Costa County Planning Commission Hearing County Tentative Dates: May, 9th or May, 23rd 7:00 pm 30 MUIR ROAD, MARTINEZ
2. The TVPA will host a few special meetings for those who are interested in speaking at the County hearings. These meetings are purely optional, and are provided to help speakers prepare, we’ll also share legal speaking points. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com to be added to the interested speakers list, and you will receive more information on these upcoming meetings. Remember all people are welcome to attend the hearings, and the TVPA encourages all those concerned to go to the hearings even if you do not plan to speak!
3. Keep in mind: The Board of Supervisors Hearing date will depend on the level of public input and information requests received at the Planning Commission Hearing. Currently, it is expected to take place in June or July. We will keep you informed!
4. Key Leaders in this effort to Save Tassajara Valley and to Hold our Voter Mandated Urban Limit Line are: The Town of Danville, Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance and almost 3,000 Contra Costa County Voters!
We are in the process of creating a Hold the Urban Limit Line Affiliate Member List. Joining costs nothing, but will send a strong message to our Board of Supervisors. Please consider adding your business or organization to this the growing list. To join the list please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Share this information and the petition with your Contra Costa County friends, family and neighbors.
6. While you're out and about in San Ramon or Danville, pick up a copy of the Valley Sentinel to read our article on the proposed Tassajara Parks project!
Richard Fischer and Gretchen Logue
FEB 22, 2018 — For the past 28 years the Urban Limit Line “ULL” has protected thousands of acres of agriculture lands and open space. It has also prevented extreme urban sprawl and encouraged the formation of “Smart Growth”. On December 20th, 2016 the BOARD OF SUPERVISORS approved the 2016 URBAN LIMIT LINE MID-TERM REVIEW conclusion provided by the Conservation and Development Department, which states that the ULL analysis demonstrates that sufficient capacity exists countywide inside the ULL to accommodate housing and job growth through 2036.
Even with the protection of the ULL, our county has seen tremendous growth, and much of it has been sprawl development. Sprawl development and traffic go hand-in-hand. There are many reasons we need to Hold our Urban Limit Line, the protection our natural resources is one, but the ultimate goal is to create a sustainable county and achieve a high quality of life for all.
KEY LEADERS in creating and holding the ULL, are Greenbelt Alliance, the Sierra Club, Contra Costa County former Supervisors Donna Gerber and Joe Canciamilla, the Town of Danville, numerous voters and Save Mt. Diablo. All of the key leaders are still fighting for the ULL, with the exception of Save Mt. Diablo. As a former fan of Save Mt. Diablo “SMD”, I was disillusioned to learn that SMD is working closely with the Tassajara Parks Developer to help provide political support for breaking the ULL. I’m still confused and dismayed, as to why SMD has taken this position. I understand that SMD is a land acquisition organization, maybe that has influenced their decision. Or maybe, they believe that piecemealing Tassajara Valley and the remainder of our County’s Ag and Open Space Lands is the way of future land management. A little sprawl here, a little parkland there and sprinkled with ag land…I stand firm against that tactic. A few reasons that won’t work to create a sustainable county and high quality of life for all: 1) In order for our Agricultural Industry to be economically successful, there must be a large core, not broken apart in bits and pieces. 2) Sprawl = Traffic 3) Wildlife Habitats – fragmented habitats = weak ecosystems. But, maybe the reason SMD has taken that approach, is because they don't believe in the power of the voters to HOLD THE URBAN LIMIT LINE against land developers. So the question is, are we going to stand up and fight along side of these key leaders? I encourage you to share some of your reasons as to why saving our ULL is important to you.
IT'S TIME to organize speakers for upcoming meetings. Speaking times are a maximum of 3 minutes, and TVPA can help provide speaking points. Please send an email to email@example.com, if you would like to hear more details.
We continue to regularly check in with the county on the proposed Tassajara Parks project, and the latest response is that the county is finishing the EIR, but no dates have been set for publishing. We will continue to stay on top of this issue, and will inform you as soon as we have additional information.
It is time to show developers that the voters have the final say in how our communities grow!
Being informed and taking action is the key to building a community we will all love to live in for years to come!
TAKE ACTION - Share this Petition with at least one person in our county today!
Co-founder Tassajara Valley Preservation Association
Together we can Hold the Urban Limit Line!
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School's back in session, and our work to SAVE Tassajara Valley continues!! Please sign and share this petition with all your Contra Costa County friends! Yesterday, we delivered almost 2,000 signatures and 400 comments to Supervisor Burgis! Our representatives value our opinions! Together we CAN "Hold the Urban Limit Line! #Danville #Sanramon #Tassajara
Increased traffic in the Tassajara Valley is not limited to Camino Tassajara, our neighborhood roads are affected as well! The Contra Costa County Public Works Department is working to help make our roads safer for people and wildlife in Tassajara Valley. Let’s all do our part to keep our roads safe!
You decide...Here is an excerpt taken from a legal opinion from the Law Office of M. R. Wolfe & Associates, P.C.
“By contrast, the land preservation provisions in the Tassajara Parks MOU are illusory. All the lands the MOU purports to protect are already situated outside the County ULL, outside the Danville and San Ramon Urban Growth Boundaries and Spheres of Influence, and outside the service areas of any special district. The lands therefore enjoy the maximum degree of legal protection from future urban development afforded by the County’s land use laws. In other words, the MOU “preserves” no agricultural or open space lands that are not already fully “preserved.” - M.R. Wolfe & Associates
IMPORTANT!! The Tassajara Parks housing developer has recently initiated a petition "Support the Tassajara Valley Agricultural Enhancement Area’s Memorandum of Understanding", signing this petition will do exactly the OPPOSITE of Saving Tassajara Valley. The "MOU Preservation Agreement" will directly enable urban development on lands now outside the Urban Limit Line and in fact set a precedent for other developers to follow. Contact the San Ramon (925) 973-2524 and Danville (925) 314-3378 City Councils and urge them NOT to sign the misleading Tassajara Valley Agricultural Enhancement Area’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)!!
- The "Hold the Urban Limit Line!" Spring Event has been rescheduled, and set for Saturday May 20th from 2:00 -5:00 at the Tassajara Valley Old School House 1650 Finley Road. See flyer for details.
- The Contra Costa County Conservation and Development Department is still working through the many comments and complex issues of the Tassajara Parks Recirculated Draft Environmental Report (RDEIR).
- Calling all Bicyclists! We are organizing a "Hold the Urban Limit Line!" Ride. Contact us to help.
- In honor of Save the Frogs Day, April 29th, the TVPA is forming an Amphibian Group. Contact us for details and to join this fun group!
Together we can Hold the Urban Limit Line!
The Sierra Club published a very detailed article describing the Tassajara Parks High Density Housing Development, and the consequences to our valley and county if this development is approved.
Tassajara Parks development an existential threat to Contra Costa County’s sprawl-prevention efforts
- Sun, Apr 23, 2017 2:00pm Mon, Apr 23, 2017 5:00pm
- The Tassajara Valley Old School House, 1650 Finley Road, Danville Ca
Mark your calendar! Come celebrate Earth Day one more time on SUNDAY, April 23rd at the Old School House! This will be a fun family event with food, games, crafts and a few presentations on Tassajara Valley, the Urban Limit Line and an update on the Tassajara Parks High Density Housing Development. We will have a complimentary bottle of water for all bicyclist who stop by the event! This is a great event to attend to Stay informed and Get involved!
- Crafts and Games for the children
- Meet the neighborhood donkeys
- Participate in an Old School Tug O' War
- BBQ, Hot dogs, snacks and drinks available - cash preferred
- Special Guest Speakers
- Sign the "Hold the Line, the Urban Limit Line!" petition here.
In its first week the "Hold the Line!" Petition has received over 1,300 signatures and 350 comments! Our petition is actually the 8th highest "environmental" petition trending this week on Change.org!! Take a look at the "Comment Tree" we created from every comment received. It clearly states that, "We Need Open Space!" Please continue to share this profound image and the petition with your Contra Costa County friends!! Thank You!! Petition Link
- Please ask every voter in your household to sign the "Hold the Urban Limit Line!" petition. Petition Link
Since, each Contra Costa County Supervisor has a vote on this issue, the only way to STOP Urban Sprawl outside the ULL is to demonstrate a Strong Unified Voice from voters all around Contra Costa County.
- Please share this petition with the people you know who live in Contra Costa County - this affects our entire County!
Even though, it was only her 7th week in office, last week Supervisor Burgis said that our community is On her mind! She has already begun the search to find a way to provide our community "Tassajara Valley", with access to water in times of emergency and drought. We will update you on actions you can take in the coming months.
Our next step to stopping the Tassajara Parks development and protecting our open space, agriculture lands, watersheds/recharge zones, and beautiful vistas has just been launched!
Sign the petition to Stop Urban Sprawl in Tassajara Valley. Our County Supervisors need to hear how many people want this development stopped! Please sign today and share with other Contra Costa County residents - This development will affect our entire County!
We will continue to keep you up to date!
Stopping the Tassajara Parks Housing Development and protecting Tassajara Valley is key to protecting the entire Urban Limit Line from being chiseled away by 30 acres housing developments!! Please reach out to family and friends who reside in Contra Costa County and share this threat to our open space and ag land, their voice counts!
According to John Oborne, with the Contra Costa County Conservation and Development Department, the county will be examining the complex issues brought to light by the RDEIR (Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report) comment letters for another month or two. Therefore, we are able to extend our "Hold the Line, The Urban Limit Line" Spirit Wear deadline to Feb. 26th. Don't miss this opportunity to show your SPIRIT!! ORDER HERE
A quick update on the Tassajara Valley Preservation Association activities. Last night Gretchen Logue and I made a presentation to the Blackhawk Homeowners Association on the proposed Tassajara Parks development. The presentation was well received and we believe the content of our presentation will be circulated among the residents of Blackhawk.
We want to thank you for the letters you have already sent to our Supervisors opposing the development. Your input to the supervisors will be key in stopping this development. Also, one member of our road maintenance association has volunteered to distribute flyers when the supervisors take up this development proposal. We still need a volunteer to help maintain our social network pages on Facebook and Instagram and other volunteers to attend a Danville or San Ramon city council meeting .
Also, the cutoff for ordering your “Spirit Wear” to show support for our efforts is Sunday, the 12th. You can conveniently order shirts and hats on the first page of our website, Tassajaravalleypa.org. Thank you for your support.