“New Farm” a hot topic at Contra Costa County candidates forum
On Thursday evening over 90 people braved thunder and lightning for an electrifying County Supervisor Candidates Forum on environmental issues held in San Ramon.
Rossmoor resident Paul de Benedictis gave the event a glowing endorsement. “It was very informative and the issues were well-covered, with some refreshing elements. We’re glad that we braved the lousy weather for it.”
Greenbelt Alliance co-hosted the event with Save Mount Diablo, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay, and the California Native Plant Society.
The future of the county’s open spaceAny parcelA lot, or contiguous group of lots, in single ownership or under single control, usually considered a unit for purposes of development. or area of land or water that is essentially unimproved and devoted to an open space use for the purposes of (1) the preservation of natural resources, (2) the managed production of resources, (3) outdoor recreation, or (4) public health and safety. was a hot topic throughout the night, with in-depth discussions about the county’s voter-approved urban limit lines and the New Farm subdivisionThe division of a tract of land into defined lots, either improved or unimproved, which can be separately sold or leased, and which can be altered or developed., proposed outside the limit lines in the Tassajara Valley. The candidates also squared off on how to keep agricultural lands economically resilient in the face of development pressures, opportunities for new homes near transit, integrated pest management, Delta water politics, climate change, industrialThe manufacture, production, and processing of consumer goods. Industrial is often divided into "heavy industrial" uses (such as construction yards, quarrying, and factories) and "light industrial" uses (such as research and development and less intensive warehousing and manufacturing). pollution, and more.
Enough talk about it, see how the candidates answered for yourself:
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