Another house, another HILL, what's up, Alamo?
Original post made by Hillary Oaks, Alamo, on Jan 26, 2008
There is a project slated for Ridgewood Rd that violates at least five county ordinances and ignores other county requirements that the county seems absolutely intent on approving. It will likely be greater than 35' from the bottom to the top of the roof, but we will never know because the county has not required an elevation from the applicant.
This project (information removed by Danville Weekly staff) is proposing a 5700 square foot house on a lot that has greater than 29% slope and is surrounded by, so far, unblemished oak ridgeland. Neighboring houses are no larger than 3600 sq ft. The average house is approximately 2000 sq ft.
The project puts neighboring houses at great risk for mudslides. The concerns of the neighbors have been ignored. We feel that we are sitting on a train track, bound, and waiting for the train to run us over.
Make no mistake, this could happen to you if you live in Alamo. It can happen in any neighborhood because the available land is either on the skyline or on the ridgeline.
Our local planning organization who works hard to preserve our quality of life and preserve it for the future have been unable to stop 257 outsize houses that have been constructed against their recommendations.
An appeal to our Supervisor, Mary Piepho was blown off. Issues surrounding the legitimacy of the process and the lack of public hearing were dismissed as merely issues to be considered in approving or denying the project.
We have no regional planning organization that is effectively looking after our interests. We will all suffer for this. It is time to have more care exercised on projects that have such a high impact and risk to the community.