Using Google Earth to visualise the Oak Grove project Around Town, posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2007 at 10:32 am
Here is where you can download the kmz file I put together. Web Link It opens in Google Earth, which can be freely downloaded from Web Link. This is available to anyone who is interested in using Google Earth as a visualization tool.
I think the photos being taken by various folks from the ground only give half the story. Using Google Earth allows you to fly up above the area and look around.
I took a graphic from the developer's website and overlaid it upon the area so it is easier to get an idea of the development plan. The red lines are the hiking trails. The white line encompasses the entire Oak Grove property. I didn't get to it yet, but the southern most border of the Oak Grove property is the same line as both the Pleasanton and County Urban Growth Limit line. The peaks and primary ridgelines of the SE hills lie outside of this border.
I put placemarkers at certain areas to get an idea of the height around the area. The elevation in Google Earth is "mean sea level". For example, the elevation of the land at Stanley Blvd is about 350 ft above MSL and the highest Oak Grove lot is 790 ft. Subtracting those numbers means that if you stand at Stanley Blvd and look up, the highest Oak Grove lot is about 440 ft above you and the highest Kottinger Ranch lot is 396 ft above you. Not a big difference.
For comparison, the top peak in the Pleasanton Ridge area is over 2000 ft above MSL (practically twice the height of the peaks in the SE hills).
Posted by Don, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2007 at 8:42 pm
I was not sure were this area was. Thanks for the info. Now I know what this is all about and feel that I was right in supporting the cities decision on this project. Be sure and post this again when the pubic is asked to vote.
You will always have people who are no-growther's no matter what. Winding back the clock, I wish we had built on the hills only and left all of this flat land in agriculture. Image all of the hops, wheat, corn and fruit trees! 8^)