Call it awareness or perhaps passion, but it seems as though civic battles are perennial in Martinez. For those who enjoy packed Planning Commission and City Council meetings and lively Op-Ed pages, there is a new issue to prompt Martinez residents to take to action and raise their voices in support or opposition of a planned City action.
It’s called Alhambra Highlands, and while the proposed housing development has been in the works for over 20 years, the possibility it will finally get the green light for construction is at hand.
On March 22 at 7 p.m., the Planning Commission will analyze the newly finished final Alhambra Highlands SEIR, or Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, and the required project approvals necessary for the developer to break ground.
In March of last year, a capacity crowd filled every seat in Council chambers for a Planning Commission scoping session to hear public comment on the housing development, a proposed ridge-top subdivision of 112 semi-custom homes in the Alhambra Hills area of southern Martinez. The entire project site covers 297.5 acres of plateaus, crests and side-slopes of a ridge south of Mt. Wanda; the developers state a tiny over 214 of those acres will be maintained as private open space.
The size of the homes will range from 7,900 square feet to 16,000 square feet. In the process of building the subdivision, almost 700 oak trees will be destroyed; a fact stressed by opponents of the development.
Now that public comment has purportedly been parsed and incorporated into the final document,
“All of the comments received during the review period will be responded to and together with the Draft SEIR will constitute the Final SEIR,” according to City staff.
After review by the Planning Commission, the proposed project will appear on a future City Council agenda for final approval or denial.
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