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Newsfront - September 28, 2007

San Ramon Valley planners get reprieve

Supervisors extend commission for one year

by Natalie O'Neill

A strong planning voice for Alamo, Diablo and Blackhawk will have one more year to live, Contra Costa County Supervisors decided Tuesday.

Despite a recommendation on the part of the county planning commission to let the San Ramon Valley Regional Planning Commission die, supervisors voted unanimously not to let the planning body sunset on its scheduled date of Oct. 7.

The possibility for Alamo's incorporation - and the need for regional input on that process - played a role in the board's decision to extend the date.

But while many Alamo residents were pleased with the decision, some noted the life of the commission should have been extended two years, since the decision to incorporate won't be made until 2009.

"I think the San Ramon Valley Planning Commission is good to have around whether or not Alamo incorporates," said Mike Gibson, an Alamo resident who serves on the commission.

At a Board of Supervisors meeting in July, Alamo and Diablo residents told supervisors that unincorporated areas are in desperate need of regional planning bodies. Large-scale county planning often does not understand the needs and concerns of these areas - which are already underrepresented, they explained.


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