Oakley In November of 1998, local voters approved Oakley's incorporation and so created the City of Oakley, which became Contra Costa's newest city on July 1, 1999.
Cypress Corridor: Part of this area is within the city limits and other parts are unincorporated. Similar to the Off-Island Bonus Area, there are concerns about flooding.
Orinda Gateway: This valley extends from the Caldecott Tunnel and forms a wildlife corridor joining the regional parklands along the East Bay Hills and widens the strip of greenbelt connecting the San Pablo and San Leandro watersheds. This area has been designated as an aquatic resource of national importance and as critical habitat for the Alameda whipsnake. Red-legged frogs, yellow-legged frogs, and western leatherwood have been documented there.
The developer Montanera LLC has proposed a project of 225 luxury homes and a golf course in this area. For grading to be approved, the Regional Water Quality Board, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Army Corps of Engineers must grant permits.
Pittsburg Chevron: This is unincorporated and undeveloped land that used to be owned by Chevron. A tank farm was located in this area, and there may be soil contamination. The land is flat and becomes foothills in the south, where there used to be grazing. There are two residential developments being reviewed at the moment:
The Highlands Ranch project is on 174 acres with 600 single-family homes approved and under construction. Some are occupied.
The Sky Ranch II project is on 160 acres with 283 single-family homes by Kaufman and Broad. There is a Preliminary Plan pending.
Lawlor: There is some residential development in this area and various future residential projects in varying stages of approval:
The Lawlor Creek Apartments project is a 314-unit proposed project, with a Preliminary Plan filed. The Evergreen project of 46 single-family homes on 20 acres has been built.
Alves Ranch is in environmental review. There is a Preliminary Plan for 626 single-family unit and 556 multi- family on 293 acres.
The Oak Hills project is the farthest east and closest to BART. There is existing retail, small restaurants, and apartment complex of 260 units built in the early 1990s. This is a Planned Development area and 1,200 single- family homes are still under construction.
Richmond Point Molate: The Navy is conducting an environmental site investigation and cleanup activities under three programs at the Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot sites: Site 1 is landfill in a hillside ravine that contains mostly construction debris, tank bottoms sludge, and empty fuel drums. There are no plans for development on the landfill site. Site 3 contains three treatment ponds and areas near the Bay where the products of previous fuel spills and leaks are found in the soil and groundwater. It is an area the City plans to develop.
Point Richmond South: This formal industrial property currently contains two marinas, luxury homes on an artificial isthmus, mid-rise condominiums and a mid-rise office building. A single-family development is approved but a lawsuit may be filed by a neighborhood group. There are two parcels remaining for residential uses (with potential for about 200 units), and one parcel for potential commercial use. There are no proposals for these parcels being considered at the present. The Bay Trail may run through one of these sites, which is an old brownsfield site. This key site area is bounded by a high and steep hill on one side, the Port of Richmond on another and a regional park on the third.
North Richmond Shoreline: The City of Richmond embarked on a brownfields pilot project within the 900-acre North Shoreline Area in 1996. The ultimate goal of the North Shoreline Pilot project is to stimulate economic development and improve public health and environmental quality by reusing seven properties north of the Richmond Parkway. The City has