prepared and adopted a Specific Plan that identifies the extent of contamination and facilitates development by defining allowable economic uses and identifying the conservation and recreation areas. Completion of the Richmond Parkway and four of the proposed projects could create approximately 2,500 jobs. These sites will shortly undergo environmental review.
San Ramon Alcosta: This area within the Westside subarea is largely unincorporated open hillsides. The subarea slopes upward to the west in a series of hills and ridges. In 1989 the City adopted a specific plan for the Westside, which was updated in 1997. The area along San Ramon Valley Boulevard is designated primarily for residential development, with a neighborhood shopping center at the corner of Alcosta and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Approximately 1,295 residential units are included in the Westside Specific Plan. The development of Wiedemann Ranch has been approved by the County with potential for 370 large lot homes. The balance of the site will be maintained as open space, with a limited amount of development permitted off existing roads.
Alamo Creekside: There are two projects adjacent to each other: Alamo Creek and Intervening Properties. This area is within the ULL, is unincorporated and these two projects are under review.
Dougherty Valley: Dougherty Valley is comprised of Gale Ranch (2,740 acres), Gumpert Ranch (2,360 acres) and Camp Parks (see below). There was a settlement agreement between the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon and Contra Costa County, which led to approval of a Master Planned Community project in 1994. The area is envisioned as a “New Town” with a mix of uses including 8,500 approved dwelling units, commercial uses and public facilities. There is potential for a total of 11,000 new units, depending on further traffic analysis. The “Village Center” area, at the confluence of the two branches of Alamo Creek, is planned to include 745,000 square feet of neighbor-hood serving retail and office uses. At build-out, there will be approximately 2,400 acres of open space and up to 260 acres of parkland. The area will be annexed in the City of San Ramon over time. .
Camp Parks: The Federal Government has decided that this area should not be developed, since Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (Parks RFTA) is considered a vital part of the Army in the Western United States. Parks RFTA is the only training facility within a short drive for 11,000-plus reservists in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are approximately 2,700 acres in this area, 635 of which are used for administration, support and logistics. The remaining acreage, predominantly open space, is used for small-unit field training and small-arms weapons training. There are 489 Appropriated Fund civilians, 148 Military (68 officers, 80 enlisted), 62 contract employees and 1,655 Army reservists (monthly). There are thirteen single-family housing units located here.
This installation was established as Camp Parks in 1943 and served as a Navy base until 1946. Camp Parks was transferred to the Air Force from 1951 to 1959 and was called Parks Air Force Base. The installation was transferred to the Army as a subinstallation of Sixth Army, Presidio of San Francisco, and officially was designated as Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in 1980. The installation is now under the command and control of the U.S. Army Reserve Command and became a direct-reporting installation of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin in 1994.
Tassajara Valley: Currently, much of this 4,900-acre unincorporated valley is used for agricultural purposes, and residential development is limited. A large development mixed-use project was proposed in the 1990s, which included 5,950 dwelling units, 300,000 square feet of commercial/office space and 2,645 acres for parks and open space. The project was withdrawn when the County placed the Tassajara Valley outside the County Urban Limit Line, thus excluding it from development until at least 2010. The Valley is in the San Ramon Planning Area, which allows the City to plan for the area under its General Plan. Neither the City nor the County currently propose any development in this area.