A proposed 103 home subdivision between Saliman and the I-580 freeway and south of 5th, ran into some push-back from neighbors who live in the area. Supervisors were told by staff that final approval of the subdivision is a ways off pending reviews by federal agencies relating to wetlands and flood plain issues. The area has a high water table. Neighbors living in the area say that climate change is likely to make the high water table even higher and that flood plain problems might well worsen. Blackstone Ranch developers said they know about the issues and intend to build up the areas where homes are planned while channeling surface and ground water into a ditch that runs along 5th Street on the north end of the property.
Blackstone suggested a southern entrance to the new subdivision via Railroad Avenue. But neighbors protested that they don’t want big construction truck traffic, as well as traffic from 103 homes, rolling down their narrow streets. They strongly urged that a primary access road off 5th should be built first, and to high standards. And that any damage to the new 5th street access road from construction activity be repaired prior to the completion of the subdivision.
Again, the Board of Supervisors gave approval of a tentative map for the Blackstone development. Final permission to actually build the subdivision will have to await review and approval by federal agencies that deal with flood plain and wetlands issues. The Supervisors also indicated they want any home sales to include acknowledgements that the I-580 freeway immediately adjacent to the subdivision will remain noisy.
Obviously, more to follow on this project as it makes its way through the permitting process.