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Pittsburg & Seeno Faria Project Annexation
in the Los Medanos Hills

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Map of Pittsburg's Los Medanos Hills

In September 2010, Save Mount Diablo learned that at the request of Faria Land Investors, LLC – a Seeno development company – the City of Pittsburg initiated the process to annex 600 acres along the ridgeline of the Los Medanos Hills and prezone the area. If the move had been successful, as many as 1500 homes could have been built on these scenic hills which are immediately adjacent to the site of the East Bay Regional Park District’s new regional park on the former Concord Naval Weapons Station site. Save Mount Diablo and Greenbelt Alliance worked with our attorneys at Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger to stop the annexation in order to protect scenic qualities of the area and its important biological resources. For now, it appears the project has been scrapped, though we continue to watch this situation.

Save Mount Diablo and our allies were particularly concerned with this proposal because it could places houses immediately adjacent to the new regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Stations site. Although the City and the project applicant claimed there is no development project in the works, the only reason for annexation is as a precursor to development. In fact, one of the necessary components of an application for annexation to the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCO), the agency required for annexation, is a development proposal. The City also attempted to avoid a full environmental review of this effort, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), by claiming the ‘project’ was the essentially the paper transaction of changing the land’s designation.

Our attorneys provided a legal analysis of the annexation proposal pointing out serious flaws in the very limited environmental review document provided to the public by the City and inadequacies in its application to LAFCO for the annexation. So far, it appears that this challenge has stopped the project.

This is not the first time that the Seeno companies have been involved in questionable activities to pave the way for development; visit our Pittsburg Grading Project page for some history of the companies’ activities. Save Mount Diablo will continue to monitor the annexation proposal to prevent illegal activities to ensure public transparency and to help protect this important ridgeline for the public and wildlife.

To learn more about Pittsburg's Attempt at Illegal Annextion read the press release.

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