The Creekside Memorial Cemetery project is set to return to the San Ramon City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night (Dec. 9).
The council previously held a public workshop to discuss the plans for the new cemetery in June, during which more than a dozen citizens spoke in opposition of the project proposed for unincorporated Tassajara Valley.
The proposal from developer Sid Corrie calls for the cemetery project to include four outdoor mausoleums, one indoor mausoleum, an administrative office and chapel building, storage building, corporation yard and space for over 100,000 burial plots.
Some concerns that were expressed by San Ramon residents included the impact on the environment and lack of water sources to sustain a large cemetery, the habitats of wild animals that live on the land and the potentially negative impact on the air quality during and after construction.
As proposed, Creekside Memorial Cemetery would be located at 7000 Camino Tassajara and occupy 58.7 acres of an approximately 222-acre space in unincorporated Contra Costa County east of the San Ramon city limits.
The cemetery site is within San Ramon's "sphere of influence," but falls under the county's jurisdiction.
City Councilman Phil O'Loane has previously expressed opposition to the project, and in August, he helped organize and lead a protest hike through the Tassajara Ridge trail to the proposed cemetery site.
"Tearing down open space to give dead people a view makes absolutely no sense to me; this never struck me as a particularly good idea," O'Loane said during the council's public workshop in June.
The council will review and discuss the project proposal to provide direction for city staff to communicate to the county, as the final decision lies in the hands of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
The council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Ridgeview Room of the Dougherty Valley Community Center located at 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business, the council will receive a presentation by the city's transportation division manager, Lisa Bobadilla, recognizing Patty Hoyt of the TRAFFIX citizens advisory committee.