July 24, 1996
WEST COUNTY TIMES
Wednesday, July 24, 1996
Hillside development, traffic on forum agenda
Traffic, open space and community design in the El Sobrante Valley are among the topics to be discussed tonight at a public forum of local politicians.
Richmond City Councilman Tom Butt and Contra Costa County Supervisor Jim Rogers have asked city and county planners to attend the meeting, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Sobrante Public Library, 4141 Appian Way.
They will discuss a proposed ordinance on hillside development, a proposed traffic study and the El Sobrante Specific Plan. They also will answer residents' questions.
The proposed hillside development ordinance and traffic study is part of the settlement of a lawsuit against the city of Richmond by the El Sobrante Valley Legal Defense Fund, Butt said.
The defense fund consists of environmentalists and homeowners concerned about development in the area.
An El Sobrante Specific Plan would partially supersede the city's zoning ordinance for the El Sobrante Valley, and may put special constraints on development in that area.
The plan would be drawn up by the city of Richmond but would cover parts of the valley that are outside city limits because Richmond must plan for unincorporated areas that it could annex.