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County focuses on water mitigation measures for Tassajara Valley cemetery

Original post made on Mar 5, 2013

Ahead of public hearings on the environmental impact reportfor a $35 million cemetery proposed for the Tassajara Valley, county planners are taking a look at hydrology mitigation measures. Residents have expressed concern that the development would have significant impact on local water sources.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:16 PM

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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

This cemetery is misguided, yet another attempt at despoiling the Tassajara Valley to make money off of an agricultural zoned property. These uses spew toxics into the ground as human bodies decay.

We have the New Farm to its north that would be better called Fake Farm. And now we have a proposed "Dead Farm" to the south where toxicly altered bodies will be planted into our ecosystem.

Stop this insanity. Take your cemetery somewhere else, or use the existing ones in the area, which have more than enough capicity these days with more and more people opting for cremation and memory walls.

Additionally, yet another stupid reason to use water for monster green lawns, in a place that has no place for these lawns. How about requiring the cemetery to use gray water, that they pay to pipe in themselves, so they can avoid over taxing the aquifer.

Fight this travesty, say "NO To Dead Farm"
or better yet: "Dead Farm: Dead on Arrival!!!"

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Posted by Marilyn
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

Why the need for a traditional "green lawn" cemetery?

Why not the natural native golden grasses already growing in this area?
Nature's own xeriscape.

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I am outraged that this is even being proposed! We live in an area where lawns should be considered a luxury, and yet this group is proposing a huge lawn and landscaping for over 45 acres? If there is a need for a cemetery in the area, why not let nature landscape it?
I understand, sort of, some peoples' need to have a destination to "visit" their loved ones. My father died in October 2013 and my mother January 2014. They were cremated and their remains placed in Urns in a Memorial Garden. This was my sister's wish. I wanted to scatter them. She has yet to visit. No one in the family has.
From what I read in the article, there are cemeteries already existing in the Bay Area with Vacancies. Sound to me like someone aims to capitalize on families in mourning.

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Posted by Ms. bunny
a resident of San Ramon
on May 26, 2014 at 7:52 am

As I said before on this particular project. WATER need NOT be an issue IF the design shows substantial hardscape and implements a worthy minimalistic water system. I think it's a GREAT project and will break-up the house-backing-up-to-house ugly syndrome that was EVEN allowed in Dougherty in the FIRST PLACE. One ugly valley of poor and truly? OVER-development that could have easily been broken up far better by more median's, walking trails and greater use of native's/drought tolerant planting. Could be worse but to me? Coming over the Bollinger/Crow Canyon's? One big ugly mass of 'bumper to bumper' housing. Notice how the climate has changed in that valley in the past 15 years, as well. If that isn't an indication of how mass development without the care of FAR BETTER planning, damages air quality as well as aesthetics? I don't know what is.

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Posted by Charlie H.
a resident of San Ramon
on May 27, 2014 at 9:19 am

The 'green' solution: Web Link

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