Patterson Ranch (Fremont):
The Fremont City Council approved the Patterson Ranch development in March 2011. The good news is that the number of housing units to the east of Ardenwood Blvd. has been reduced to 500 and the lands to the west of Patterson Slough will be donated to the EBRPD.
You may review the final EIR by visiting the City of Fremont's website at: http://www.fremont.gov/index.aspx?NID=430.
Areas 3 and 4 Specific Plan (Newark):
Whistling Wings and Pintail Duck Clubs – A lawsuit has been filed that challenges the adequacy of the EIR. The primary concerns are over the development of Area 4 that requires the construction of an overpass to access the site and could require the import of up to 2.1 million cubic yards of fill to raise the land up to 10 feet out of the current 100-year flood plain. This does not account for conservative predictions of sea level rise after 2050. Up to 85.6 acres of wetlands could be filled to construct upscale housing and possibly a golf course (should sufficient funds be raised by the sale of houses). Area 4 is continually disced and water is pumped off, but the site contains a mosaic of wetlands and functions as important, undeveloped uplands. The site supports the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse, waterbirds, waterfowl, and the burrowing owl. Federal and state permits will be required to develop the area.
For more information and to view the Final EIR visit http://www.newark.org/departments/planning-and-economic-development/on-going-projects/area-3-and-4-specific-plan-project/
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. For more information visit: http://www.fws.gov/cno/refuges/DonEdwards/DonEdwards.cfm
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