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San Ramon eyes Tassajara Valley

City wants 4,900 rural acres under its sphere of influence

The Danville Town Council expressed concern at its study session Tuesday morning that San Ramon wants to include the Tassajara Valley in its sphere of influence.

"I'm bothered that they did not even let us know they're thinking of doing this," said Councilman Mike Shimansky.

The sphere of influence is usually determined by the most logical service area for unincorporated areas, said Danville Town Manager Joe Calabrigo. But since San Ramon is near buildout, it would be an opportunity to absorb projected growth. Tassajara Valley is currently under the county's sphere of influence.

Mayor Candace Andersen said she is concerned because San Ramon is ready to go with its Eastside Specific Plan.

"If there is development on our eastern boundary, we want a say in it," said Andersen.

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San Ramon issued a study on the sphere of influence amendment to include the 4,900-acre Tassajara Valley that stated a 20-day public review period was Feb. 4-25. Calabrigo said he heard about the proposal from a Danville resident Feb. 8.

Councilwoman Karen Stepper noted that the study said inclusion of the Tassajara Valley in the San Ramon planning area could improve the city's jobs/housing balance.

"I think we need to sit down and talk to them," she said.

The new sphere of influence would include the area where the 193-unit New Farm development is proposed. In July, county supervisors voted to allow a study of the New Farm plan even though it was outside the urban limit line just passed by voters the previous November to protect Tassajara Valley from development until 2026.

"This is major," said Councilman Newell Arnerich, adding that it has been the goal of some staff members in San Ramon for some time.

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The Town Council members directed Calabrigo to set up a meeting between them and their counterparts in San Ramon to discuss the issue.

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San Ramon eyes Tassajara Valley

City wants 4,900 rural acres under its sphere of influence

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The Danville Town Council expressed concern at its study session Tuesday morning that San Ramon wants to include the Tassajara Valley in its sphere of influence.

"I'm bothered that they did not even let us know they're thinking of doing this," said Councilman Mike Shimansky.

The sphere of influence is usually determined by the most logical service area for unincorporated areas, said Danville Town Manager Joe Calabrigo. But since San Ramon is near buildout, it would be an opportunity to absorb projected growth. Tassajara Valley is currently under the county's sphere of influence.

Mayor Candace Andersen said she is concerned because San Ramon is ready to go with its Eastside Specific Plan.

"If there is development on our eastern boundary, we want a say in it," said Andersen.

San Ramon issued a study on the sphere of influence amendment to include the 4,900-acre Tassajara Valley that stated a 20-day public review period was Feb. 4-25. Calabrigo said he heard about the proposal from a Danville resident Feb. 8.

Councilwoman Karen Stepper noted that the study said inclusion of the Tassajara Valley in the San Ramon planning area could improve the city's jobs/housing balance.

"I think we need to sit down and talk to them," she said.

The new sphere of influence would include the area where the 193-unit New Farm development is proposed. In July, county supervisors voted to allow a study of the New Farm plan even though it was outside the urban limit line just passed by voters the previous November to protect Tassajara Valley from development until 2026.

"This is major," said Councilman Newell Arnerich, adding that it has been the goal of some staff members in San Ramon for some time.

The Town Council members directed Calabrigo to set up a meeting between them and their counterparts in San Ramon to discuss the issue.

Comments

Jim Gibbon - SROG
San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:44 am
Jim Gibbon - SROG, San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:44 am

The City Council of San Ramon has no shame in there effort to develop every inch of land they can get there hands. What open space will be left for our kids and their kids.

This council and their developer freinds will eat up anything in the name of progress. Danville should help stop them before its to late. The council sees what is going on in Dublin and are envious. What a shame for the citizens in San Ramon who have to live with this madness.


Oxymo Ron
another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:56 am
Oxymo Ron, another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:56 am

Dear Danville and San Ramon neighbors,

It is humorous how rapidly city governments adopt attitudes of Taxable Assets as definition of available land. With hillsides of stucco-tacky boxes reaching outward through the Dougherty Valley, we can imagine how a taxable asset mentality could continue such ugliness all the way to Byron.

Open-space is at best an oxymoron,

OX

One HAL of a Pal

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Melinda Jenkins
another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:32 am
Melinda Jenkins, another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:32 am

Dear OX,

I so enjoy remembering Alamo through your humor. So many in the more public culture in Alamo use Danville as a model for a Town of Alamo. In humor, I say look out Diablo and Mt. Diablo! Once Alamo is a town, we can expect its government to do land grabs like cities that are Alamo's southern neighbors.

I have a dream that some day Rossmoor will be part of the town of Alamo or vice versa.

Keep us laughing, dear OX,

Linda, Morro Bay CA


Hal Bailey
another community
on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:28 am
Hal Bailey, another community
on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:28 am

Dear neighbors,

It should be important to Contra Costans to review the NEW FARM development concept which places homes and high density condos among agricultural parcels in various units of 5 to 20 acres. Housing developers, looking for land within protected agricultural zones, have created this concept to achieve allowable construction of housing.

With the downturn in housing and the reduction in first time and medium value buyers, these FARM/Housing concepts have been modified to address the higher value buyers. But there is another reality happening outside of Contra Costa in unfinished tracts of housing that cannot be sold. These tracts are also being returned to vineyards and other agriculture/housing developments and rezoned for promotion of agriculture on available lands.

On the downside, the agricultural/housing mix can be in conflict. Certain agricultural usages are noisy and smell bad and that creates issues for the upscale home buyers. More importantly, some agricultural operations are 24 hours operations that disturbs homeowners. From a city government viewpoint, the zoning provides a lower tax rate for the agricultural parcels including the land used for housing.

What are your thoughts?

Hal/CDSI Research Fellowship


Jan Desmarais
San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm
Jan Desmarais, San Ramon
on Feb 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Protect the Open Space in(Tassahara Valley outside of the Urban Growth limit line placed there by the voters to protect the land from development until 2026)from greedy San Ramon City leaders and developers who are anxious to get their hands on that land. Otherwise, we can expect more ticky-tacky houses all in a row, that all look the same! More overcrowding, and hillsides that have all been taken down and moved, in order to re-define what qualifies as a hillside. That's how our City leaders got around the San Ramon "Save Our Hills Ordinance." Thanks to our San Ramon City leaders our hillsides are disappearing too! Why not plant vineyards in that open space, like Pleasanton, who offers a little class to their community.


Anonymous
Danville
on Feb 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm
Anonymous, Danville
on Feb 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Contra Costa County officials should not have the right to allow every development proposal to break ground with disregard to urban line limits
and other measures passed by voters. Contra Costa County and the City of San Ramon should represent citizen and environmental interests rather than focusing solely on business interests and on how to generate the most tax dollars and gain the largest population. I think the New Farm development is unacceptable; Contra Costa County should get new leaders to represent the people so are tax dollars aren't being used to grade down hillsides and build new homes.


NIMBY
Tassajara Hills Elementary School
on Feb 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm
NIMBY, Tassajara Hills Elementary School
on Feb 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Why doesn't the Town of Danville just annex this area first, and thereby gain control over its own destiny.


Vince, Morro Bay
another community
on Feb 21, 2008 at 8:47 am
Vince, Morro Bay, another community
on Feb 21, 2008 at 8:47 am

Neighbors, I miss all that Contra Costa FUN politics,

I was reading NIMBY, as Not In My Back Yard, and started to laugh at the culture that refuses to change.

So, here is my proposal to David and Mary Piepho: Have Discovery Bay annex the Tassajara Valley and everything in between and then incorporate as Slough City California. Maybe even build a canal to connect the boaters in the Tassajara Valley to the Delta waterways.

Isn't that a great idea!

Vince Kreigher
Morro Bay CA

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Ken Westin
San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm
Ken Westin, San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Dear Iron Horse neighbors,

Driving a bulldozer through the urban limit line is a Piepho view of responsible development. Let's not forget the mistake we made in electing the current supervisor. Let's make sure she is not around to be the driver of the first bulldozer.

Ken Westin
Iron Horse neighbors
San Ramon Valley


Oxymo Ron
another community
on Feb 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm
Oxymo Ron, another community
on Feb 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Dear neighbors,

When will San Ramon run out of stucco? Do we anticipate Adobe as the next best thing? Horse manure, straw and adobe clay soil made into bricks stacked all in a row..a very ugly row placed on scars upon our hillsides.

Maybe San Ramon should return to the name Limerick because it all seems a cruel joke,

OX

One HAL of a Pal


Dan Scanton
San Ramon
on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:33 am
Dan Scanton, San Ramon
on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:33 am

Posted with permission of the author

Scars upon our hills and valleys and rows and rows of ticky tacky boxes stucco'd in our skyline. There is no name for San Ramon that can describe how ugly our view has become.

AS San Ramon prostitutes its lands and view, OX, maybe we should change our name to SANDRA MOAN.

Dan

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Jon Patterson. MVEI
another community
on Mar 13, 2008 at 7:43 am
Jon Patterson. MVEI, another community
on Mar 13, 2008 at 7:43 am

Dear Iron Horse neighbors,

My associates and I investigated the intention of Tassajara land owners to find that several development companies have proposed significant acquisition deals in return for current land owners' support of annexation to San Ramon. It was further claimed that such land deals have support among the San Ramon city council and government under a plan to define such land outside limit lines for defined development.

It would be my suggestion that your county supervisor fully disclose any and all activities and commitments in progress related to such land including investigating the role of the City of San Ramon. It would be my further suggestion that counsel interview planning commission and LAFCo commission members for their commercial interests in such lands. It would be my hope that all such investigation would indicate a continuing respect for the limit lines set by voters.

Jon, MVEI
Mercantile Services

Posted by Iron Horse neighbors with permission of the author


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