Sprawl development threatens east Dublin

UPDATE (3/27/14): The developers now have a competing initiative meant to confuse voters. Their initiative misleadingly establishes an urban limit line on the eastern edge of their proposed project, still allowing for the destruction of Doolan Canyon.

We need your help to collect the needed signatures for an urban growth boundary that truly protects Doolan Canyon!

Contact Juan Pablo Galván at jpgalvan@savemountdiablo.org or (925) 947-3535 to volunteer.

Doolan Canyon, a gorgeous expanse of open space between Dublin and Livermore that serves as critical wildlife habitat and ranchland, is at risk. Sprawl developers are pressuring the City of Dublin to approve a 2,000-unit housing development in the middle of this rural landscape.

But there’s hope.

Local environmental leaders—with support from groups like the Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance, and Save Mount Diablo—have drafted an initiative that would establish an urban growth boundary on Dublin’s eastern border. Urban growth boundaries are effective policies that designate where a city can and cannot grow. This initiative would close the last gap in urban growth boundaries across the Tri-Valley area.

We need to collect 3,500 signatures from Dublin residents to put the measure on the ballot. Will you help us?


What: Collect signatures (training will be provided)
When: Weekends starting now
Where: High-foot-traffic areas in Dublin

To get involved, contact Juan Pablo Galván at jpgalvan@savemountdiablo.org or (925) 947-3535.

With your help, we can ensure that Doolan Canyon will stay permanently protected from sprawl.

4 Comments on “Sprawl development threatens east Dublin

  1. Please keep me informed, will do anything I can to help prevent this.

    Contra Costa resident since ’89

  2. Please, no more building and sprawl in Dublin! It almost reaches Livermore! Terrible for wildlife and water demand.

  3. I received an email about this from a group opposed to plan bay area (link below). However, this mega-development has absolutely NOTHING to do with plan bay area.

    Without knowing more information, this last minute effort indicates that Dublin does not have a comprehensive plan balancing open space with mega developments of 2000 homes.

    If this is the case, then Dublin is not unique, in fact, very few cities have appropriate plans to balance these opposing factors. The result for Dublin, and dozens of other West Coast cities, is the California based 1960’s tradition of a citizen’s initiative to establish an urban growth boundary.

    Without knowing more information, it sounds like the City’s planning department could look to the comprehensive plans of places with open space like Thousand Oaks, Truckee, and Durango, CO – three cities without Urban Growth Boundaries with lots of open space. 20% of Thousand Oaks is open space, and 50% of Durango is open space. These cities provide national models of preserving large areas of open space – within the same city limits that also accommodate mega-developments.

    It’s best to change comprehensive plans, and establish parks and open space well in advance of proposed developments. That is one aspect of “comprehensive land use planning.”

    This last minute effort to establish an urban growth boundary – which will stop this owner of private property from building homes – is most unfortunate, because other cities (mentioned above) have balanced mega-developments with open space, with comprehensive land use planning.

    If Dublin residents wish to stop this development, talk to Dublin’s urban planners and amend the comprehensive plan, in order to include more open space. Dublin residents could go to their city council, and ask the City Manager and planners to amend the comprehensive plan to preserve open space around the city, like in Thousand Oaks, California.

    “Comprehensive land use planning” is essential to preserve open space, and avoid costly special elections and potential lawsuits. I wouldn’t want to see this development either – I’d rather see custom homes on 1 acre lots with organic vegetable gardens.
    Urban growth boundaries never work, because they are ultimately expanded as developers pressure city councils to expand them. In contrast, permanent preserves of open space, complete with bike trails, never go away.

    So a good question is to find out why Dublin’s comprehensive plan allows for a development this large – 2000 homes – within open space. A development of this scale would never happen in Thousand Oaks, Truckee, or Durango.

    Anyway, this email from CAPR is inappropriate, since this is a local issue involving Dublin’s planning department and its comprehensive plan – it has nothing to do with Plan Bay Area.

    Email from CAPR –

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