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PLOS TO CO-HOST MORAGA TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM!
SEPT 17



MORAGA ADOPTS STRONGER PROTECTION FOR HILLSIDES AND RIDGELINES


BOLLINGER VALLEY FINAL EIR BEFORE PLANNING COMMISSION OCT 15


JOHN MUIR LAND TRUST SEEKS TO PURCHASE BELOVED PAINTED ROCKS PROPERTY FOR PERMANENT OPEN SPACE


PHOTO--Rheem Blvd. Scenic Corridor Looking North. This area of the Painted Rock parcel, previously proposed for development, may soon be purchased for permanent conservation by the John Muir Land Trust.



MORAGA'S APPROVED AND POTENTIAL HOUSING UNITS:
Development Project# Housing Units Status
Open Space, Hillside and/or Ridgeline Areas:2
Palos Colorados (along Moraga Rd; NE of Campolindo) 123 Approved
Rancho Laguna II/Bellavista (along Rheem Blvd.) 27Under Construction
Hetfield Estates (off Sanders Dr.)7 Approved
Vista Encinos (near Larch Dr.) 10 Approved
Bollinger Valley (near Bollinger Canyon Rd.)3 152 Proposed
Indian Valley (Canyon Rd, by Valle Vista Staging Area)71Proposed
Moraga Center Specific Plan (MCSP) Area:
Harvest Court (along Camino Ricardo) 26Completed
Moraga Town Center Homes (Moraga Way by Fire Stn.) 36 Under Construction
Remaining Additional Units Allowed Under MCSP4 Up to 528 No application yet
Other In-fill Developments:
Augusta Dr. Extension (Moraga Country Club) 65 Approved
Via Moraga (old bowling alley site on Moraga Rd.) 18Completed
TOTAL POTENTIAL FUTURE UNITS UP TO 1,063
1. There are 5,754 housing units in Moraga according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
2. Denotes open space, hillsides, or ridgeline areas along scenic corridors or surrounding residential zones.
3. Bollinger Valley figure includes 26 proposed second units.
4. The approved Moraga Center Specific Plan (MCSP) covers the Safeway Center & surrounding orchards & lots. So far two MCSP development (Camino Ricardo & Moraga Town Center Homes) are approved. MCSP densities allow up to 528 more units in remaining MCSP areas.

  • RANCHO LAGUNA II GRADING

  • In 2011, by a vote of 2-1, the Moraga Town Council approved the 27-house Rancho Laguna II development on the scenic corridor along Rheem Blvd just north of St. Mary’s Rd, and last July Summerhill Homes broke ground on this project (now re-named “Bellavista”).

    Construction got off to a poor start: within the first few weeks of grading, the construction crew accidentally cut down a tree that was to be preserved in the scenic corridor, graded haul roads up the hillside that were expressly prohibited by the conditions of approval, and neglected to install required construction fencing and erosion control measures. PLOS and local residents objected, and the Town has since hired an inspector to conduct monitoring and enforcement on this and other development projects. Additionally, the County Grading Inspector issued a temporary stop work order while the violations (some at least) were addressed. This project illustrates the stunning and destructive impact of mass grading operations, and the serious challenges of enforcing required conditions and mitigation measures.

  • HETFIELD SUBDIVISION STATUS

    In July 2013 the Moraga Planning Commission approved the Hetfield Estates subdivision on a 58-acre open space parcel near Sanders Drive. This approval came after several years of sustained public testimony and technical input by neighboring residents and PLOS, and the project was ultimately reduced from the proposed six 6,000-square-foot houses on 7 acres, to seven 4,000-square-foot houses on 3 acres. The applicant is now preparing the final building plans for Town approval.


  • PLOS can be contacted at:

    Preserve Lamorinda Open Space
    P.O. Box 6632
    Moraga, CA 94570-6632
    925-878-9682

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