Preserve Lamorinda Open Space

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!

On April 11, 2018 the Moraga Town Council will call for a vote to adopt revised policies governing development of hillsides, ridgelines and open space. If adopted, they will protect remaining hillsides and ridgelines from excessive development much more effectively than existing regulations.

You can have an impact on this critical vote!


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARING ON APRIL 11..

The meetings will be held Weds., April 11 at 7:00 pm in the new Town Council Chambers, 335 Rheem Blvd. A good turnout sends a strong signal to the Council that the community really cares about this issue. Even if you don’t wish to speak, please attend this hearing if you can.

2. SEND AN EMAIL TO THE MORAGA TOWN COUNCIL BY APRIL 10, 2018.

Send your email directly to both the following email addresses:

Moraga Town Clerk: mmcinturf@moraga.ca.us
Moraga Planning Director: dfarmer@moraga.ca.us

Address your message to:

Mayor Trotter and Members of the Town Council

On the subject line include the following:

Hillsides and Ridgelines Project

Tell the Town Council what Moraga’s hillsides, ridgelines, and scenic beauty mean to you. Most importantly THANK them for the thorough public process and careful review they have devoted to this important topic, and ask them to adopt the proposed new policies to clarify and better protect Moraga's hillsides and ridgelines. Even a short letter has a big impact!

If you have time, you may wish to mention, in your own words, one or more of the following policy issues in your letter:

  • Ridgelines: The proposed new ridgeline regulations will protect visually significant undeveloped ridgelines that are not already protected by the Moraga Open Space Ordinance (MOSO).


  • Viewshed Protection: New regulations will protect views of ridgelines by preventing new hillside development from blocking ridgeline views behind them, and by limiting the size of new homes visible from scenic corridors to a maximum of 5,500 square feet, helping to prevent “mega-homes” that are out of character with the scenic corridors.


  • Steep Slopes: The voter-approved “Moraga Open Space Ordinance” (MOSO) prohibited any development on designated open space slopes steeper than 20%, but loopholes have allowed this prohibition to be skirted for years. Proposed revisions to the MOSO Guidelines will at last meaningfully enforce this prohibition.


  • Development of “High Risk” Open Space Land: The proposed revisions to the MOSO Guidelines will eliminate density increases for massive remedial grading projects, enabling the Town to implement faithfully MOSO’s explicit prohibition on densities greater than 1 home per 20 acres in high-risk MOSO lands.


  • To review the proposed revisions to the regulations, see the staff report for the upcoming meeting on April 11, 2018.

    Thank you for writing to the Town Council to help protect Lamorinda’s scenic beauty and quality of life!
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