Save the Tassajara Valley from Urban Development
Original post made by Jim Gibbon, San Ramon, on Sep 16, 2010
We are at a cross-road in San Ramon's future
Fifteen years ago the Tassajara Valley would have been at the mercy of developers and urban sprawl. Today the valley is protected by both the San Ramon Urban Growth Boundary line and the County's Urban Limit Line. Neither extends into the valley at the present time. Moving the UGB is what is proposed in measure W on the November ballot and will guarantee urban growth in the valley.
Moving the UGB into protected areas of western ridges will also change the land around the labor's Camp to the south, the hills near Bishop Ranch, and Norris Canyon Road area into urban development.
This issue is straight forward and is a clear choice of alternatives. It is a choice to leave the valley and hills as agricultural and open space for our children and their children or to make a few developer's rich at San Ramon residence's expense. Are we going to allow our house values to continue to slide, our schools to be more overcrowded, our roads to be more congested, and our way of life to be permanently destroyed by more development? Will we choose to destroy the Tassajara Valley and western hills?
When is enough, enough?
Jim Gibbon AIA, LEED AP
San Ramon for Open Government