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Conflicts in the Iron Horse Corridor

Original post made by Susan West on Feb 13, 2008

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Dear neighbors,

The Iron Horse Corridor created by the SPRR San Ramon Branch Line over its 100+ year history has many conflicts. AS population and travel parallelled the railroad, now the Iron Horse Trail, issues of traffic and construction have grown geometrically. As we see in the Town Square Forum, neighbors are sensitive to the volume of through-traffic that endangers our communities, the monsterous in-fill on our hillsides and ridgelines, and the lack of planning representation for our Iron Horse neighbors and their neighborhoods.

Whether within cities or county areas, our corridor suffers from over-burdened roads, streets and lanes. Our hillsides are being more rapidly erased by monster boxes. Our access to our neighborhoods is often reduced to impossible at peak commute times.

It is time to reverse this rapid decline in "livability" occurring in the Iron Horse Corridor by establishing the planning policies we expect from our local, regional, state and federal representatives. An ad hoc committee of Walnut Creek, Diablo Vista (Alamo) Region, Danville, and San Ramon neighbors is starting the process of policy planning and neighbors within each segment will be talking with neighbors soon.

Neigbors, what issues do you see as critical?

Susan West
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Ralph Palmer, a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:03 am

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Dear neighbors,

As an environmental engineer designing hillside construction throughout the western states, I have repeatedly been asked to remedy hillside lots and reduce the massive face of such construction. In our greater bay area, our hills are barely stable structures due to underlying rock formations and soil types. There are no absolute answers but steps of retaining walls with significant drainage are the accepted techniques of minimizing potential dangers of disrupting hillsides and placing massive structures on our delicate hillsides.

As neighbors, we need to be sensitive to all hillside construction of any structure that would have a large, very tall single mass as downforce on our hillsides. Study all proposed construction carefully and ask county engineers to explain in detail how such structures are stabilized on our hillsides.

Ralph Palmer, EASI
Alamo Ridge neighborhoods

Posted by Karen Taylor, a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

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Dear neighbors,

In my view, the inability of governments and their agencies to communicate within neighborhoods about issues impacting neighbors is our immediate concern. Local organizations, councils, associations and committees make no effort to contact impacted neighbors and their neighborhoods.

As noted, the gathering of these organizations' leadership as proponents of local government formation provides no promise that such lack of outreach can be resolved in another layer of government or consolidation of current commissions, councils and committees.

If neighbors are to solve the deterioration traffic conditions, hillside and ridgeline in-fill, and various unilateral actions by the county, we will need major changes in communication and consideration by our county planning contacts.

Does anyone expect that to happen?


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Posted by Susan West, a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2008 at 7:22 am

Dear neighbors,

In a year of political campaigns, our Diablo Vista Region neighborhoods can expect significant contact by county departments as a result of the District 3 supervisor campaigns. Campaigns have polling data to indicate the issues that create voter support. Campaigns also know what groups, including our neighborhoods, have far reaching spheres of influence in voter choices.

Expect contact. Expect conversations. Don't expect any responsive change.

Susan West
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:40 am

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Dear neighbors,

Diablo Vista Iron Horse neighbors will be having a casual discussion group, February 24, to establish definition of issues impacting the Iron Horse corridor from Rudgear to Diablo Road. If you are interested in submitting commentary to our discussion, please address it to, Subject: DV Issues.

CDSI has provided a firewalled, confidential e-address to assure confidentiality and privacy. No contact information will be retained and only the issues will be provided for discussion.

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors

Posted by Ernie Wells, CDSI, a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2008 at 7:55 am

Dear neighbors,

The edit and forward provision within the CDSI server for mail identified as DV Issues does not forward attachments. If you wish to include references, let me suggest placing the web address in the body of your message or cut and paste your references into the body.

Let me further assure all that our server does edit contact data, forward the message and then delete all submissions from our mail server received at The submission period will end at noon PST on February 24, 2008.

Ernie Wells
Member, CDSI (Systems Develompment) Research Fellowship
Henderson NV

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