On October 3, 2012, EBCNPS submitted comments for the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Roddy Ranch Project in Antioch.

This project involves development of 540 acres of land for residential homes in the southern area of Antioch. The development area is part of our “Four Valleys” Botanical Priority Protection Area and is thus of major concern to our chapter. This area is recognized by CNPS for priority protection because it represents a transition zone between the eastern flanks of the northern Diablo Range, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Los Medanos Hills. This area contains both sandy and alkaline soils which support a wide variety of rare and unusual plant species that are worthy of protection. The Recirculated DEIR predicts significant environmental impacts (including impacts to rare plants and unique native plant communities) due to this project, even after proposed mitigation efforts are completed.

A copy of our comment letter and its attachments can be found at the below links:

EBCNPS Comment Letter for Roddy Ranch DEIR 10_3_12

Attachment 1_CNPS transplanting policy

Attachment 2_Navarretia nigelliformis radians