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Some more information about the golf course

Many of you may have heard discussions related to a landscape construction project on holes 11, 12, 13 and 17 of the golf course.  You may have also heard that during the construction the back nine holes will be closed.  Below is an explanation of what will be occurring.

This project is a result of the Faria Preserve Project which is currently being graded in the far northwest portion of San Ramon (above Home Depot).  Several Environmental Regulatory Permits were required for the project from the following regulatory agencies:

  • US Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife Final Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement
  • San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board Clean Water Act 401 Certification
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife Incident Take Permit
  • United States Army Corp of Engineers Clean Water Act 404

The issuance and enforcement of these permits is handled by the agency issuing the permit.

In order for the developer to meet the requirements of the permits mentioned above it was decided the regulatory mitigation measures would include the need to create an offsite Enhanced Riparian Habitat.  The San Ramon Golf Course was identified as the area where this habitat would be located.

What does this mean for Stay the Course San Ramon?

  • These actions have no connection to the fight to save our golf course
  • The decisions were made prior to the golf course sale
  • The actions will actually improve the current conditions of the golf course
  • During the construction the Back Nine will be closed due to safety considerations for construction workers, golfers and residents
  • A drainage creek and new landscaping on the 11th and 12th fairways
  • New drainage turned to creek on holes 13 and 17 which will flow into a Riparian Habitat

I have been in contact with the City and the Permit for the project has been issued.  However, the developer, CalAtlantic Homes, has not provided the City with the schedule of work.  It is anticipated the project will begin in Mid-October and take between six to eight weeks to complete.  The permit issued by the City is good until December 15 meaning the work has to be completed by this date.

Attached are links with additional information:

http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/Portals/68/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2015/29678table5.pdf

http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/faria/faria.htm

http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/faria/townhall.html

(From Scott Holder 8/30/16)

 

 

 

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  • Julie August 30, 2016, 4:54 pm

    Thanks, Scott. Does this mean that the golf course has some environmental protections now? Or at least some fairways of the golf course? Or only right around the drainage creeks on those fairways? Or does this afford no protections at all?

  • Laura August 31, 2016, 5:04 am

    Thank you Scott and Joe for all your hard work and for sharing information with the rest of San Ramon. I appreciate all that you and others are doing to protect the golf course.

  • Dianna Rom September 1, 2016, 6:33 pm

    Thank you so much for this information. This communication is wonderful and we’re so appreciative of all the work you’re doing to keep us informed!

  • Sharon Souza September 3, 2016, 1:04 pm

    Thank you again for this and all information you’ve provided. It is helpful to those of us who don’t quite know or understand all of what is going on, but still want to help in anyway possible. This sounds like a good thing, but again I may be thinking like Julie (above).
    Thanks…

  • Mary Braaten September 24, 2016, 8:28 pm

    The threat of a $20,000 drop in price only matters if you are ready to sell your house. It’s only paper money to most of us that plan to stick around. So I wouldn’t worry about the golden/brown open space, it actually is kinda nice in it’s own way. I am much more worried about the increased density and all the traffic and crowding that comes with it if we cave. I enjoy our quiet neighborhood with it’s lush green golf course (and that will be missed). If that must turn to golden or perhaps brown fields, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. We should not worry about the golden/brown fields. What matters most is maintaining the peace and quiet and relatively light traffic that brought us to this place.

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