Planning Commission approves Newark General Plan, council to vote on Dec. 12

I got back yesterday from a 10-day vacation — Nov. 2 to Nov. 11.  It was sorely needed.

My first day back ended around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Newark City Council chambers. That’s where the Newark Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the General Plan Update, even after eight residents spoke in opposition to the Updated Plan, the Area 4 development proposal  and other development projects therein.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously 6-0 to recommend the plan for approval.

The commission’s vote on the issue had been continued (in other words, postponed) in meetings throughout October, as local residents, environmental groups and regional agencies voiced their opposition, especially to the housing and mixed-use projects planned in Areas 3 and 4. That opposition was noted in an Argus story filed Oct. 30.

The City Council will vote on General Plan Update at a meeting scheduled Dec. 12.



Chris DeBenedetti

One Comment

  1. When it is gone, it is gone forever.

    I think that was one of our first battle cries thirteen
    years ago and it was ironically said the other night by a Newark planning commissioner
    about Area 4. I had a couple of minutes
    between meets/issues and wanted to ask you all again if you can make it to the
    Newark Council Meeting on 12/12 (at 7:30).

    In reading the agenda, http://www.newark.org/images/uploads/ctymgr/pdfs/Agendas/2013/Dec%2012%20agd%20rpt-120413.pdf

    …it is laughable:

    Here are just some of the quotes:
    * Environmental advocates …intent on derailing the
    approved Area 3 and 4 Specific Plan project have seized on the general plan to
    spread disinformation and attempt to undermine the project…

    *Save The Bay…has been using their platform to
    misrepresent the proposed project…

    *The commenters apparently believe that by making
    false assertions repeatedly will create an impression of credence to their

    I sat through these and all that was brought up was:

    Concern of sea level rise

    A lack of schools

    ROI on the golf course

    And the lunacy of paving over one of the most
    unique areas in California

    Please, please come.
    These lands are so very rare and important and this is a mistake.

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