City Stirred Up About Rock Quarry Plan

Proposed housing development just outside city borders but not beyond concern.


A proposed housing development on Lake Chabot Road just outside San Leandro's city limits has Bay-O-Vista residents and city officials up in arms.

As reported in Friday's Patch, the developer is seeking permission from county officials to create 126 units of housing in the site of the San Leandro Rock Company.

Technically, the city of San Leandro has no say in the proposal, which is being screened by the Alameda County Planning Department.

But San Leandro Community Development Director Luke Sims sent the mayor and city council a strongly worded note after the proposal came to light.

Sims wrote in part:

"I want to assure the Mayor and Councilmembers that the overall application is flawed in a number of ways and is simply unacceptable for serious consideration by the County. County Planning Department staff recognize this and you will note on the first page of the staff report the recommendation is for a denial of the application

". . . As you may recall, an application was filed with the City of San Leandro in the mid-1990s to develop a project known as "The Boulders", a collection of large executive homes on the subject site.  The proposal at that time was to annex the property into San Leandro, and connect the required infrastructure to existing City and East Bay Municipal Utility District services.

  "The project required massive grading and it needed to address two active earthquake faults, including the Hayward Fault, which pass through the site. Inevitably perhaps, the massive storms in early 1998 resulted in serious ground failure and land displacement on the property and the project was understandably abandoned."

There will be a public hearing on the proposal at 6 p.m., Monday, April 9 at the Castro Valley Library at 3600 Northbridge Avenue. It will be conducted by Alameda County Planning Department staff and the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council.

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Paul Vargas April 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Oh this is in the County? Great! Now the City can't screw this up. BRAVO!
David April 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
"Serious ground failure" --if this ever gets built, lawyers will have jobs for generations as everyone who has a crack in the foundation of his house will sue the developer/county/everyone.
Daniel April 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
We need more open space....not more square boxes. How about a nice park. Dan


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