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The work being done on the San Ramon golf course

A number of people have noted with alarm that a portion of the course has been fenced off and that there appears to be some sort of work going on. Is the new owner doing an end run around the city and is beginning to build?

No. Geoff Ho posted a comment about this last week:

The fencing on the back nine is for the construction work that will enhance part of the course as a riparian habitat. The riparian habitat is being made in a land trade with the Faria Preserve Project (the development behind Home Depot) to meet environmental requirements. Since Faria Preserve eliminated some riparian habitat the builder (Cal Atlantic) had to make up for it elsewhere. Cal Atlantic made an agreement with the prior SR Golf Club owner and got the various government agency approvals. The plan calls for planting 19 trees and 3,247 shrubs on the course and Cal Atlantic is paying for everything.

There is more information about this at http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/gprc/documents/04Land.pdf and http://www.danvillesanramon.com/news/2016/07/27/san-ramon-council-supports-faria-preserve-initiative-ordinance.

We published a blog post in August as well: http://staythecoursesanramon.com/index.php/2016/08/30/some-more-information-about-the-golf-course/

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Jim November 5, 2016, 10:38 am

    Thanks for the update, I was concerned.

  • Susan Thomas November 5, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Since this agreement was made with the previous owners, does the new owner have any legal obligation to maintain the new landscaping? And is it correct to assume the new owners would not be allowed to build over or inhibit the drainage creek?

  • Julius Kahn III November 5, 2016, 2:15 pm

    I presume these additions are there to stay and the new owners must maintain them and not let them die. JK

  • Henry Shaw November 7, 2016, 12:05 am

    I’ve been trying to track down a document that explicitly documents this “land trade”, but have been unable to find anything on the city’s Faria Preserve Development website to that effect. The first link in your post is simply a description of the land use in the San Ramon general plan, and although it mentions that the Faria development was approved under the NW Specific Plan, there is no discussion of a “land swap”. Your second link is to a July 2016 new article on the Faria development. It, too, says nothing about a “land swap”, or any sort of quid pro quo where the Faria developers are required to offset the negative environmental impacts of their development by making offsetting improvements elsewhere.

    People have posted similar defenses of the current work on the golf course on the San Ramon NextDoor site, but so far, no one can point to a specific document.

    The best I’ve been able to find is the San Francisco District Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice on the Faria Project , which mentions mitigation measures that fit the description of what people have said is going on at the golf course, but does not specify the “off [Faria] site” location(s), but I cannot find the referenced “Figure 10: Offsite Channel Enhancement Mitigation Location”

    The relevant section of the USACoE Notice:

    “Proposed Mitigation: To compensate for
    unavoidable impacts to waters of the U.S. a combination
    of mitigation has been proposed including work onsite
    (Figure 9: Mitigation Plan), offsite (Figure 10: Offsite
    Channel Enhancement Mitigation Location), and speciesspecific
    mitigation. Work onsite would include creation
    (2.22 acres of seasonal wetland and 2,717 linear feet of
    channel), enhancement, and preservation (2.18 acres of
    seasonal wetland and 12,155 linear feet of channel).
    Proposed mitigation for jurisdictional impacts includes:
    setting aside the remainder of the Faria Property as an
    open space preserve subject to conservation easement;
    establishment of a riparian and wildlife corridor along the
    central drainage channel, also protected by a conservation
    easement; preservation of wetlands and ephemeral/
    intermittent streambed; creation of wetland habitat along
    the riparian and wildlife corridor; establishment of
    riparian habitat along off-site creek channels in the City of
    San Ramon; restoration of buried creek channel segments
    in San Ramon; and preservation of two large off-site
    properties and their aquatic features.”


  • Susan Thomas November 7, 2016, 5:45 am

    Thank you Henry. It’s nice to see the specifics. This has to be in our favor!

  • eleezeh December 5, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Hi all

    Does anyone know what is going on around the 18th hole, there were trucks taking dirt and now the water in the pond is receding, as if they have shut water to it. Are they drying the pond to move everything to the 13th hole? This is really worrisome as I thought 13 holes was going to have its own habitat place and they were not going to touch the pond on the 18th. Anyone know what is going on other than the link in this email.

  • Bill Harrington December 12, 2016, 12:50 pm

    Eleezeh…glad someone else was questioning Work on the 18th hole, which is not permitted. Was quite surprised to see excavator clearing shrubs, trees, and bushes from wetlands area. Ironically, I had taken photographs prior to routing of area, and during their work as well. Their is a material difference as a result of this non-permitted Work.

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