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Friday, March 19, 2010

What is the "New Farm" Proposal? It's No Farm!

San Ramon/Danville Residents

What Is the “New Farm” Proposal?


  • Voters approved the Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line in 2006, putting Tassajara Valley off-limits to urban or suburban development until at least 2020, with an update of the General Plan
  • In opposition, Developers have proposed a 193-unit housing development, called “NEW FARM” on 770 acres of land in the Tassajara Valley and have submitted it to the County for approval –AGAINST THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE!
  • Calling this project “rural” is a transparent attempt to get around the law! Go to to get more information.
  • The “NEW FARM” proposal blatantly breaks the Urban Growth Boundary Line by extending water and sewage lines across this line. Rural development has always been defined as parcels using septic tanks and wells. This “New Farm” proposal is not rural, it’s urban development, and requires the construction of Public Utilities – such as water and sewage lines!
  • In San Ramon/Danville WATER AND SEWER SERVICES and FEES ARE HIGH, AND AT FULL MAXIMUM CAPACITY RIGHT NOW. San Ramon & Danville residents pay EBMUD a premium for the water they use due to the shortage of water!
  • In 2007 San Ramon filed a “Sphere of Influence Amendment” for their control of the Tassajara Valley land ultimately, leading to Annexation or development of this land by the City of San Ramon.
  • WHAT YOU CAN DO: Go to and read the article “Tassajara Valley Urban Limit Line Threat.” Write a letter to oppose the Developers’ “New Farm Proposal.”
  • Ask San Ramon (pro-growth City) & the County to uphold the Contra Costa County Voters’ decision for establishing the Urban Growth Boundary Line to stop sprawl development! Urge them to protect the Tassajara Valley Land, and San Ramon/Danville’s current water supply, and sewer systems that are already seriously impacted! Protect our quality of life and land in this area.
  • New Farm will allow massive development on prime agricultural land. Subdivide into 5-acre parcels with the developer requesting “density bonuses” for consolidating development on 40 acres!
More of what you can do:

What You Can Do

Contact Patrick Roche, lead staff on the projct for Contra Costa County, to get updates and know when the next meetings are: by email or by telephone at (925) 335-1242.

Sign up to receive email updates about the campaign – email Christina Wong.

Write a letter in defense of Tassajara Valley:

Write to San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson and Members of the Council, opposing the proposed amendment and the future annexation and development of the Tassajara Valley.
2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583
Phone: (925) 973-2530
Fax: (925) 866-0547

Write to your County Supervisor, or to the Board of Supervisors, to say that you oppose studying the New Farm proposal.

District I (El Cerrito, Richmond, & San Pablo):
Honorable John Gioia
Supervisor, District I
11780 San Pablo Ave. Suite D
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 374-3231

District II (Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Martinez, Orinda, Pinole, Walnut Creek):
Honorable Gayle B. Uilkema
Supervisor, District II
651 Pine Street, Room 108A
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-1046

District III (Alamo, Brentwood, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Byron, Discovery Bay, Blackhawk, Knightson):
Honorable Marry N. Piepho
Supervisor, District III
309 Diablo Road
Danville, CA 94526
(925) 820-8683

District IV (Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill. Walnut Creek):
Honorable Susan Bonilla
Supervisor, District IV
2151 Salvio Street, Suite R
Concord, CA 94521
(925) 521-7100

District V (Pitsburg, Antioch. Oakley, Bay Point, Bethel Island):
Honorable Federal D. Glover
Supervisor, District V
315 E. Leland Rd.
Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 634-5915

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