Regional Agencies Smart Growth Strategy Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development Regional Livability Footprint Project CONTRA COSTA COUNTY KEY SITES
Antioch Future Urbanization Area #1 and adjacent un-named site: This area currently has some scattered residences and grazing, but is primarily undeveloped. The area has been annexed into the City, with the idea of future urbanization, and a sub- committee is studying what land use designations are appropriate. There is one project, a Kaiser medical facility, that has been approved at the conceptual level. This 78-acre project includes some office space and is proposed for along Deer Valley Road.
Future Urbanization Area #2: This 778-acre area is also known as the East Lone Tree Corridor Specific Plan area. The land is primarily undeveloped, with limited agriculture along Lone Tree, and some residences along Empire. Potential build-out of the plan would be 1,322 housing units in a mix of low-medium and medium-high densities. One residential project is in the permitting process.
Bay Point North Broadway: The North Broadway Neighborhood Plan was recently prepared for the Contra Costa County Redevelopment Agency, coinciding with ongoing phased infrastructure improvement projects in the North Broadway neighborhood. The Neighborhood Plan is for an 8-acre parcel formerly known as the Siino property and recently acquired by the Agency. Taking into account amenities, demographic factors and market trends, the Plan found that the most feasible potential use of the North Broadway site is as a mixed-use residential development with the majority of the site dedicated to single-family detached housing units. The Preferred Plan includes 2,800 square feet of retail/commercial uses, and 92 new dwelling units (34 multi-family and 58 single-family) in the North Broadway area.
Chief among the advantages are the site’s proximity to the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station, the relative affordability of the local housing market, the water views afforded much of the site, and a rapidly growing market-area population made up principally of family households. The site also has several competitive disadvantages which must be taken into account in planning for future development. These disadvantages include the poor quality of neighborhood retail and service amenities, a past perception of the North Broadway areas as high-crime area, and the proximity of poorly maintained residential areas.
Brentwood In relatively few decades, Brentwood has gone from a primarily agricultural community to an urban place with many employed residents who commute relatively long distances to jobs outside the community.
Brentwood Southwest: [Special Planning Area G and H] Part of this 1,000-acre area is within the City’s sphere-of- influence but has not been annexed. There is no development proposed for the area outside the County’s Urban Limit Line (ULL), though there are residential projects being reviewed for an area that is located in an incorporated area. The City has a lawsuit with the County pending over the ULL. Cowell Ranch: There are 5,000 acres of open space and range-land, including the State Park John Marsh historic property, in this area. There has been a range of discussion about the type of development for this area. Currently, most of the area is outside the County Urban Limit Line and is pending acquisition by the Trust for Public Land. The County is not actively considering development in this portion.
There are 300 acres that are within the ULL and Signature Developer is interested in developing this area. There is infrastructure close to the border along Concord Avenue and a small business park along Vasco Road. The City was interested in a major job creation development here, and the S.H. Cowell Foundation is interested in a major commercial and residential area. Long term plans include annexation to the City and development of 4,500 - 5,000 residential units, a 400,000 square-foot commercial center, a 2 million square-foot employment center and educational facilities. Another site plan for the Cowell Ranch project by EDI/Van der Ryn Architects demonstrates a model ecological community with compact walkable villages and mixed-use development, including 9,000 homes and several village-scale commercial centers.