January 17, 2017

Dublin Council votes to protect Doolan Canyon!

Looking south-southeast down Doolan Canyon at the area that Pacific Union Homes wants to develop. Doolan Road is in the middle of the picture. The ridge in the distance is the East Bay Regional Park District's Ohlone Regional Wilderness containing Rose Peak, the highest peak in Alameda County, just 32 feet lower than Mount Diablo. Photo by Dick Schneider.

Looking south-southeast down Doolan Canyon at the area that Pacific Union Homes wants to develop. Doolan Road is in the middle of the picture. The ridge in the distance is the East Bay Regional Park District’s Ohlone Regional Wilderness containing Rose Peak, the highest peak in Alameda County, just 32 feet lower than Mount Diablo. Photo by Dick Schneider.

The Dublin City Council did an extraordinary thing Tuesday night. It unanimously adopted the Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014, immediately enacting an Urban Limit Line along the eastern city limits to protect Doolan Canyon from urban sprawl (see “Doolan Open Space Initiative submits signatures”.

As icing on the cake, the Council also voted unanimously to oppose the developer’s counter-initiative and agreed to write the ballot argument against that initiative.

We’re talking Dublin here, the third fastest-growing city in the state!

We can bask in the satisfaction of having won an extraordinary victory, oh, for about two days, but we will have to regroup shortly because the developers will certainly run an expensive, distortion-filled campaign in the fall to pass their initiative. If we can’t defeat it, their measure would trump our Open Space Initiative.

Dick Schneider

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