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Newsfront - July 27, 2007

County supervisors ponder demise of SRV Planning Commission

Research, input will be considered before decision is made

by Natalie O'Neill

What some consider Alamo, Diablo and Blackhawk's strongest local planning voice is on the chopping block. But before Contra Costa County Supervisors decide whether to swing the hatchet, they will need more community input and research, supervisors said this week.

Despite the county planning commission's recommendation to let the San Ramon Valley Regional Planning Commission die, supervisors said they will need to see more historical background, records of staff time and projected growth before voting on the issue.

The regional planning commission is set to "sunset" on Oct. 7, which many residents of the unincorporated areas feel would take away their local voice.

"I am concerned how the sunset will affect unincorporated areas like Alamo," said District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho.

The regional commission was informed two weeks ago that supervisors would be deciding whether to allow the sunset. But on Tuesday, supervisors noted the short time frame wasn't enough time for an adequate deliberation.

"Full disclosure and opportunity for community input is important," Piepho said.

Even with short notice, several Alamo and Diablo residents made their way to Martinez Tuesday to offer the board an explanation on the importance the planning body. County planning will not have the time, interest or resources to tackle the small scale issues that pop up in south county's unincorporated areas, Alamo residents said.

"The issue here is representation," said Mike Gibson, an Alamo resident who serves on the San Ramon Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Other residents noted the wealthy bedroom community makes up for the commission's cost and staff time with their high property taxes.

"Hopefully (representation is) earned with the tax base we contribute," said Brad Waite, President of Alamo Improvement Association.

Supervisors said two important factors they would look at are the populations of unincorporated areas and how much more development is expected in those areas in coming years.

But residents insisted that this is an issue for Danville, San Ramon and Dougherty Valley, too.

"This will affect the whole San Ramon Valley - a big area - not just somebody's block," said Maryann Cella, who serves on the Diablo Municipal Advisory Council.

In Alamo, the "sunset" could play a key role in some residents' stance on incorporation - at least amongst those who are educated on the issue, Gibson said.

For many wavering on their opinion on incorporation, disbanding the San Ramon Valley Planning Commission may force residents to push harder toward becoming an entity that can call its own shots.

The date for the next hearing has not yet been scheduled. The Board of Supervisors meeting agendas, however, are updated every week and are available at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/ or by calling the county administration offices at 335-1080.

Contact Natalie OíNeill at noneill@danvilleweekly.com or 837-8300.

Comments

Posted by Alamo community of neighborhoods, a resident of Alamo
on Jul 27, 2007 at 8:08 am

Dear Natalie,

This statement is the issue with incorporation in Alamo. "In Alamo, the "sunset" could play a key role in some residents' stance on incorporation - at least amongst those who are educated on the issue, Gibson said. For many wavering on their opinion on incorporation, disbanding the San Ramon Valley Planning Commission may force residents to push harder toward becoming an entity that can call its own shots."

A city council that calls its own shots is not representative of Alamo residents and their neighborhoods. A defined general plan, limitations on council authority and immediate citizens' oversight are mandatory requirements for a majority vote for incorporation. Otherwise Alamo residents would be duplicating the blind faith that we put in the CCC-BOS to serve our needs, interests and advisory.

Hal Bailey
as a courtesy for the Alamo community of neighborhoods



Posted by Vince Kreigher, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 1, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Dear Natalie,

Nevada is a long way from the San Ramon Valley. Would Mr. Murray care to comment on his interests in the San Ramon Valley?

NOTE:

Contra Costa County Planning Commission

Seat Title
District III
Representatives
Murray Michael


Michael Murray
Chief Executive Officer
Forma Homes Systems is a member of The Forma Group, a firm incorporated in the state of Nevada, USA.
265 Logan Lane
Fernley, NV 89408
T: (775) 835-0911
F: (775) 835-0909

California Office:

375 Diablo Road, Suite 210
Danville, CA 94526
Toll Free: (866) 859-4091
T: (925) 217-1206 (main)
F: (925) 217-1205 (main)

Very interesting,

Vince


Posted by Linda Young, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 2, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Vince -
Would you please explain what Michael Murray / Murray Michael has to do with the SRV commission story?


Posted by Vince Kreigher, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 3, 2007 at 3:13 pm

Dear Ms. Young,

Michael Murray is a member of the Contra Costa County Planning Commission that has proposed ending the existence of the San Ramon Valley Regional Planning Commission. If he is Michael Murray, the CEO of the Forma Group, a Nevada manufactured housing builder, then his relationship with building and builders raises questions about his protection our communities and neighborhoods from sprawling in-fill, rezoning, related infrastructure and traffic issues.

Vince


Posted by Michael Murray, a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2007 at 4:56 pm

I am a planning commissioner for the county and live in Danville. My family has lived in the area since 1848 and we appreciate the communty that has been built here in the valley. People look out for each other and our kids can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. I would like to keep it that way and act accordingly. If you have comments you would like to share on any commission business, I can be reached at murraymj@sbcglobal.net


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