Park Planning

The East Bay Regional Park District will acquire, develop, manage, and maintain a high quality, diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. To do so, a planning document must be compiled.

What is a Land Use Plan?

A Land Use Plan (LUP) is a long-range planning document that recommends programs for managing and conserving park resources and offers proposals for future recreational use. A Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) updates a previously prepared Land Use Plan.

What is the purpose of a LUP(A)?

The Park District aims to develop a balanced LUP(A) to protect and enhance scenic, natural and cultural resources while providing the public with opportunities for trail use, camping, environmental education, and outdoor enjoyment. The land use plan amendment will establish a long-range vision that integrates resource management with public access, use, and interpretation.

How does a LUP(A) relate to the California Environmental Quality Act?

A LUP(A) is a project that needs to be in compliance of the California Environmental Act (CEQA). An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is an example of an environmental document prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act that analyzes the potentially significant environmental impacts associated with implementation of a project, in this case, implementation of the LUPA, and discusses ways to avoid or mitigate the negative impacts. The environmental document will consider construction, operation, and maintenance of the recommendations that will be included in the proposed LUPA.


Land Use Plans in Process

Other Plans, Projects, and Environmental Review

* All files available for download are Adobe Acrobat  [PDF]


Land Use Plans in Process


Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve Land Use Plan Amendment

Land Use Plan Amendment Key Goals

  • Open +5,000 acres, bringing the total land in the Regional Preserve to just under 10,000 acres.
  • Open two staging areas: one in the Northern Planning Area and one in the Southern Planning Area.
  • Open two access areas with off-street parking
  • Open five trail heads with multi-use entry points
  • Open +25 miles of trails
  • Establish the 5,444-acre Northern Planning Area and the 4,199-acre Southern Planning Area as separate park units
    Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) & Environmental Impact Review EIR Timeline

Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) & Environmental Impact Review EIR Timeline

Additional Resources
Please contact Chantal Alatorre at CAlatorre@ebparks.org or (510) 544-2333 for additional information or to be added to the project contact list.

Download: Notice of Preparation - 2017 (6 pp.)
Download: Project Area Map (1 pg.) 
Download: Public Meeting #1 Summary - Nov 2013 (5 pp.)
Download: Public Meeting #2 Summary - Sep 2015  (6 pp.)
Download:
Public Meeting #3 Summary - Jun 2017 (3 pp.)


Concord Hills Regional Park Land Use Plan

Key Goals

  • Open +2, 500 acres of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station as an outstanding new regional park.
  • Develop and manage the new park for protection, enhancement and restoration of natural resources, and reduce risk of wildfire.
  • The Regional Park will benefit the overall landscape character of the parklands and specific cultural and historic resources.
  • Complete gaps in regional trails networks, provide a range of recreational trails throughout the Park, and facilitate and encourage pedestrian, bicyclist and public transit access to the site.
  • Develop and manage recreational, educational facilities that offer a range of opportunities to experience the unique natural, cultural, social and military history of the parklands site.
  • Establish a historical interpretation program and visitor center in partnership with the National Park service and other stakeholders.

Timeline
The Concord Hills Land Use Plan community process began in 2017; in October 2019, the Plan and Environmental Impact Report were released to the public. Public adoption hearings at the Park District Board of Directors begins on December 5, 2019, the official comment period ends on December 6, 2019. The adoption and park naming process continues through Spring, 2020.

Additional Resources
See the CHRP project webpage for all recent documents—the LUP, the Environmental Impact Report, and more:
For more information, or to receive a printed copy of the Concord LUP, please contact Devan Reiff at (510) 544-2325 or dreiff@ebparks.org


Southern Las Trampas Wilderness Land Use Plan Amendment

LUPA Key Goals

  • Open up land banked properties within the 756-acre project area.
  • Provide 2 additional park access points, including a 25-car staging area along Bollinger Canyon Road and a trailhead with on-street parking.
  • Provides ~5 miles of new multi-use trails.
  • Connect San Ramon and Danville to Las Trampas.
  • Close gaps in Calaveras Ridge Trail.

LUPA and EIR Timeline

2017 - Internal data gathering and planning; botanic and wildlife surveys; a community meeting was held on June 7, 2017.

2019 - CEQA process initiated; release of a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report; ongoing LUPA preparation.

2020 - Draft LUPA & EIR expected to be completed. LUPA and EIR will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval and certification.

Additional Resources
Please contact Kim Thai at kthai@ebparks.org or (510) 544-2320 for additional information or to be added to the project contact list.

Download: Notice of Preparation and Initial Study - August 2019 (398 pp.)
Download:
Community Meeting Summary - June 7, 2017 (1 pg.)
Link:
Community Meeting Presentation - June 7, 2017


Other Plans, Projects and Environmental Review

In addition to land use plans, the Park District prepares a range of documents covering District-wide plans, feasibility studies, restoration and resource management plans, and emergency repair projects. The Park District evaluates the environmental impact of planned projects in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and prepares the appropriate CEQA documentation for public review.


Albany Beach Habitat Restoration and Public Access Project

Watch the Virtual Celebration of the Completion of the Albany Beach and SF Bay Trail Project on July 18, 2020.

The Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Project is located in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park between Buchanan Street and Gilman Street. The McLaughlin Eastshore State Park General Plan was adopted in 2001. The plan identified a number of park improvements for the Albany waterfront area. In 2011 the District completed a study to evaluate the feasibility of these improvements and to include the public in the project scoping and planning process (Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Feasibility Study, January 2011).

The Project is being constructed in three phases. Phase One construction was completed in 2015. It reconstructed 1,800 linear feet of shoreline on the south side of Albany Neck to protect water quality and preserve and enhance public access. Phase I shoreline work also implemented living shoreline principles identified in the San Francisco Bay Sub-tidal Habitat Goals Report. These features include bird roosting islands, tide pools, a small pebble beach, and an oyster shell reef. These features have boosted the ecological value of the site for fish and shorebirds and have greatly enhanced shoreline protection and resiliency.

Phases 2 and 3 of the project are scheduled for construction in 2018 and 2019: Phase 2 includes beach and dune enhancement, and construction of a non-motorized watercraft launch, restroom, parking and approximately 800 feet of new San Francisco Bay Trail at Albany Beach; Phase 3 will result in construction of 4,200 feet of new San Francisco Bay Trail on the shoreline between Albany Beach and Gilman Street. The project is supported by numerous grants including $1 million from Alameda County Transportation Commission Measure B. See Alameda County Transportation Commission website for more information on Measure B: http://www.alamedactc.org/.

Download: Construction Update - October 2020 (2 pp.)
Download:
Construction Update - April 2020 (2 pp.)
Download: Board Presentation of Project - July 2018 (30 pp.)


Bay Point Restoration and Public Access Project

Bay Point Regional Shoreline is located at the approximate midpoint of the San Francisco Bay and Delta, in Bay Point, unincorporated Contra Costa County. The site consists of 150 acres of marsh and upland at the waterfront of the Bay Point community. A land use plan and IS/MND was adopted in 2001, with a subsequent addendum to the MND completed in 2017. Park land use planning is complete and a small parking lot, restroom and loop trail through the marsh is currently open to the public. A preliminary restoration plan and park improvements are included in the land use plan and analyzed under CEQA. Public access improvements include trail accessibility enhancements for persons with disabilities, overlook points, shade structures, drinking water, and flush restrooms. The project will be designed to provide long term value for key species by taking an adaptive retreat approach to sea level rise. Habitat design will ensure a mix of diverse habitat types, including transition zone and high marsh, to help offset sea level rise impacts. The restoration area will be self-sustaining with tidal channels and other marsh features maintained passively through tidal exchange and seasonal inundation.

For more information, please contact Karla Cuero at kcuero@ebparks.org. To view additional project information and updates, please refer to the links below.

Download: Bay Point Park Closure Notice - (1 pg.)
Download: Bay Point Project Brochure - Apr 2018 (2 pp.)
Video: Project Overview - Jan 2018 (1 min.)


Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project (Patterson Ranch)

In 2014 the Park District, through the Regional Parks Foundation, received its largest ever land donation at Patterson Ranch securing Coyote Hills Regional Park from the threat of urban development and expanded the park by approximately 25 percent. The donation, valued at more than $14 Million, was the result of more than 25 years of negotiations between General Manager Robert E. Doyle and the Patterson family. The Friends of Coyote Hills, Citizens’ Committee to Complete the Refuge, and other local stakeholders were actively involved in opposing multiple residential development proposals at the Patterson Ranch.

Over the past two and half years the Park District has held 9 public meetings including two planning workshops in the City of Fremont to seek input on amending the Coyote Hills Regional Park Land Use Plan. On September 3, 2019 the Board of Directors authorized the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, adopted findings pursuant to CEQA, a Statement of Overriding Considerations, and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and approved the Coyote Hills Regional Park Land Use Plan Amendment. This Land Use Plan Amendment will provide the framework for future park improvements and enhancements to preserve and enhance urban agriculture, develop public access facilities, and preserve and restore more than 230 acres of habitat. Please stay tuned for future project information.

Download: Coyote Hills Regional Park Land Use Plan Amendment - Updated November 2019 (340 pp.)
Download: Final EIR (DEIR, RTC, RESO, MMRP, NOD) - September 4, 2019 (1034 pp.)
Download: Notice of Availability: Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project Draft Environmental Impact Report - Mar. 2019 (2 pp.)
Download: Draft Environmental Impact Report: Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project - Mar. 2019 (508 pp.)
Download:Comments and Responses - July 17, 2019 (486 pp.)
Download:Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) - August 2019 ( 38 pp.)
Download:
Public Outreach and Participation Plan - July 2017 - Revised Feb. 28, 2019 (32 pp.)
Download: Workshop #2 Summary Packet - Nov 13, 2017 (52 pp.)
Download: Workshop #1 Summary Packet (76 pp.)
Download: Board Approved Concept Plan and Site Program - Feb 20, 2018 (4 pp.)
Download: NOP Scoping Meeting Summary Packet - May 31, 2108 (38 pp.)
Download: Brochure - Coyote Hills Restoration and Public Access Project - Oct 2018, (2 pp.)


Encinal Dune Restoration and Shoreline Stabilization

The East Bay Regional Park District is designing plans to remove large debris and non-native vegetation from Encinal Beach, City of Alameda, CA. In addition, there is currently a large rusty barge embedded in the shoreline which will be removed and the shoreline will be reinforced to protect a portion of the Bay Trail from wind and wave erosion. Approximately 0.5 acre of the beach will be re-vegetated with native dune vegetation, which is currently completely covered with non-native ice plant. The site will also be graded to improve beach assess for non-motorized personal watercraft.

2017 - 2016

Download: Encinal Notice of Completion - Apr 2017 (2 pp.)
Download:
Encinal Final IS/MND - Jun 2017 (295 pp.)
Download: Encinal Notice of Intent - 2017 (1 pg.)
Download:
Encinal DRAFT IS/MND - 2017 (94 pp.)
Download:
Encinal DRAFT IS/MND Appendices - 2016 (94 pp.)


Marsh Creek Regional Trail: Vineyards Parkway to Round Valley Staging Area

East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), in cooperation with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and the City of Brentwood, are interested in determining a preferred alignment and conceptual engineering design, and identifying potential environmental impacts of a proposed 3-mile segment of the Marsh Creek Trail extending from Vineyards Parkway in Brentwood to Round Valley Regional Preserve in Contra Costa County.

Download: Meeting #2 Notes - 08-14-2019 (4 pp.)
Download: Marsh Creek Community Workshop #2 Presentation (45 pp.)


Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline: Bay Trail Gap and Improvements Project

Community Engagement Meeting
A virtual Community Engagement Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm. The meeting will provide an overview and update on this project. Please join us! Download: Community Engagement Meeting Flyer [PDF]

The East Bay Regional Park District proposes to fill a gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail (Bay Trail) and make improvements within the existing Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Regional Shoreline. The project includes construction of approximately 2,300 linear feet of a new trail section of the Bay Trail to close the existing southern Bay Trail gap, as well as resurfacing and/or widening of approximately 1,600 feet of existing Bay Trail to the north and south of the gap segment. Improvements include: replacement of the existing two-lane boat launch, shoreline protection, parking lot resurfacing/restriping, and removal of a boat ramp. Construction is expected to begin in April 2021 with a tentative one-year construction timeframe. The project is funded by Measure WW and grants from Alameda County Transportation Commission's Measure BB, Wildlife Conservation Board, and California Natural Resources Agency.

Please see the links to the Notice of Determination, the Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration, and the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project below.

Download: Notice of Determination - May 2020 (1 pg.)
Download: Notice of Intent - Apr 2020 (1 pg.)
Download: MLK Regional Shoreline Bay Trail Gap and Improvements Project: Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration - Apr 2020 (148 pp.)


Niles Canyon Regional Trail

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in partnership with the County of Alameda, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), and the Alameda County Water District (ACWD), have completed the Niles Canyon Regional Trail Connectivity Feasibility Study. This study includes a six mile Class I trail connecting Niles to Sunol identified in EBRPD’s Master Plan Update in 2013.

Several public meetings were held to collect comments and concerns about the components of the study between October 2014 and October 2015. Three alternative routes and the environmental and historical impacts of each are included in the study. The report also includes analysis of a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail which crosses the Niles Canyon Railroad, and a multiuse trail connecting SFPUC’s Sunol Water Temple to Vargas Plateau. There is no identified funding at this time to finalize the design and complete environmental review pursuant to CEQA.

Download: Niles Canyon Regional Trail Connectivity Feasibility Study - Dec 2015 (86 pp.)


Point Isabel Water Access and Shoreline Restoration Project

The East Bay Regional Park District proposes the Point Isabel Water Access and Shoreline Restoration Project (proposed project) within the southern region of Point Isabel. The proposed project would implement improvements outlined in the December 6, 2002, Eastshore State Park General Plan. The primary goals of this project include, but are not limited to:

  • Improve water access by upgrading the existing non-motorized boat access ramp and steps. Replace the existing steps with new concrete steps, add gravel to the existing ramp, improve the existing groin, and create Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pathway from parking lot to shore;
  • Improve emergency egress from the water. Reconfigure boulders from the end of the existing dog ramp near the end of the Hoffman Channel;
  • Add up to a net increase of 30 parking spaces at the end of Isabel Street;
  • Create a new rigging station. Place permeable gravel in a contained area;
  • Improve shoreline protection and habitat conditions. Repair erosion and add rip-rap on the south side of Hoffman Channel;
  • Revetment stabilization repairs along the shoreline facing the San Francisco Bay and additional ADA compliant shoreline access improvements.

Download: Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration - Draft - 2017 (350 pp.)
Download: Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration - 2017 (1 pg.)


Restore Hayward Marsh Project

The Restore Hayward Marsh Project seeks to plan for sea level rise and habitat resiliency, expand public access, enhance wildlife habitat, increase shoreline resilience, and improve the ability of the District to adapt to future conditions. The project’s goals will be further refined during the design process.

Download: Hayward Marsh Restoration Project Brochure - Oct. 2020 (2 pp.)


Ridge Trail - Garin Regional Park to Niles Canyon

The Bay Area Ridge Trail – Garin Regional Park to Niles Canyon proposes to open a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (Ridge Trail) to the public between Garin Regional Park and Vallejo Mill Historic Park at the mouth of Niles Canyon in Fremont. The Ridge Trail is a planned 550-mile natural surface, multi-use, nonmotorized trail along the ridgelines surrounding the San Francisco Bay. Currently, approximately 375 miles of the trail are complete and open to trail users. The proposed project would close a 5-mile gap within an easement over private property, creating a contiguous stretch of trail from Vallejo Mill Historic Park to Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante; a distance of over 40 miles. The project will construct approximately 3.9 miles of new multi-use recreational trail and will utilize 1.1 miles of existing ranch roads.

Download: Notice of Intent
Download: Ridge Trail Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration
Download: Biological Resources Assessment
Download: Jurisdictional Wetlands Delineation
Download: Geologic Constraints


Roddy Ranch Habitat Restoration and Public Access Plan

Key Goals

  • Develop a habitat restoration plan for 230-acres of the former Roddy Ranch Golf Course. Restore the highly impacted site, once filled with non-native vegetation, to a more natural environment.
  • Open the site to public access with several miles of trails and restroom, parking, and drinking water facilities. The park’s primary use will be passive recreation such as hiking, biking, nature study, and picnicking.
  • Create opportunities for various hands-on restoration projects involving youth and community members.
  • Work closely with East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy to restore native grassland and wetland habitat at Roddy Ranch and the surrounding area as part of the larger future Deer Valley Regional Park.

Timeline
In March 2020, the Park District hired Restoration Design Group to take the lead on developing the habitat and public access plan. They will be conducting site surveys, environmental studies, and other background research at the former golf course over the next 18 months. A complete Habitat Restoration and Public Access Plan is expected by late 2021.

Additional Resources
Please visit the Roddy Ranch project webpage for background information and a brief history of the site. For more information, please contact Edward Willis, Planner, at ewillis@ebparks.org or (510) 544-2621.


San Francisco Bay Trail: Lone Tree Point

Download: Lone Tree Point Feasibility Site Map (1 pg.) 
Download: SF Bay Trail: Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration Public Review Draft (192 pp.)


San Francisco Bay Trail: Point Molate

The Project consists of an approximately 2.5 mile non-motorized bike and pedestrian trail at Point Molate. The trail is comprised of Segment A and B and would be constructed in a previously disturbed area that coincides or is adjacent to the old Richmond Belt Railway corridor. Segment A would be constructed within a surface easement granted by Chevron to EBRPD for construction, operation, and maintenance of the trail. The trail is anticipated to be 10 feet wide. Construction of the trail is expected to occur in stages from May through October in 2020.

Download: SF Bay Trail at Point Molate: Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration - Mar 2014 (93 pp.)
Download: Appendix A - Revised MMRP
Download: Appendix B - Site Photographs
Download: Appendix C - Biological Resources Assessment
Download: Appendix D - Cultural Resources Report
Download: Appendix E - Geotechnical Report
Download: Appendix F - Coastal Erosion Assessment
Download: Appendix G (Part 1) Pg. 1-60 - Phase I Assessment
Download: Appendix G (Part 1) Pg. 61-112 - Phase I Assessment
Download: Appendix G (Part 1) Pg. 113-481 - Phase I Assessment
Download: Appendix G (Part 2) - Phase I Assessment
Download: Phase II Findings Memo - Final
Download:
SF Bay Trail: Pt. Molate 65% Design Plans 
Download: MND Response to Comments


Sewer System Management Plans

The East Bay Regional Park District has prepared Sewer System Management Plans (SSMPS) for each of its parks that own or operate over one mile of sanitary sewer lines. Each of the four parks, Anthony Chabot, Del Valle, Garin, and Coyote Hills has a specific SSMP that describes its sewer system, its operation and maintenance program, overflow emergency response plans and its monitoring, measurement and program modifications for the sewer system. The SSMPs were approved by the District Board of Directors on June 6, 2012 (Resolution No. 2012-6-140). Preparation of these plans is required by the State Water Resources Control Board Order No. 2006-003-DWQ and public posting of these plans is required by SWRCB 2013-0058-EXEC.

For more information regarding the SSMPs, please contact the Environmental Services Manager, Becky Tuden at (510)  544-2353 or btuden@ebparks.org.

Download: Anthony Chabot Regional Park SSMP - Mar 2019 (37 pp.)
Download:
Coyote Hills Regional Park SSMP  - Mar 2019 (37 pp.)
Download:
Del Valle Regional Park SSMP  - Mar 2019 (39 pp.)
Download:
Garin Regional Park SSMP  - Mar 2019 (38 pp.)
Download: East Bay Regional Park District Resolution No. 2012-6-140 - Jun 2012 (1 pg.)


Tidewater Day Use Area Public Access Improvement Project

Community Engagement Meeting
A virtual Community Engagement Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm. The meeting will provide an overview and update on this project. Please join us! DownloadCommunity Engagement Meeting Flyer  [PDF]

The East Bay Regional Park District is designing and developing 8-acres of new parkland at the Tidewater Day Use Area of Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline (MLK), located in the City of Oakland, California. This new parkland will be adjacent to the exiting Tidewater Boating Center and is connected to the rest of MLK by the San Francisco Bay Trail. Several public meetings and input opportunities will be provided to the public throughout the year. To be added to the project mailing list, please contact Toby Perry at: tperry@ebparks.org.

Download: Tidewater Day Use Area Public Access Project - June 24, 2019 (2 pp.)
Download: Public Information Meeting #2 Flyer (Bilingual) - April 3, 2018 (2 pp.)
Download: Public Information Meeting #1 Flyer - June 4, 2017 (1 pg.)


Trail User Working Group (2020-2021)

Trail User Working Group (2020-2021)


If you have comments or questions, please contact Brian Holt, bholt@ebparks.org

 

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