What is it?
- Located on a 220 +/- acre site in southern Contra Costa County, California, in the beautiful Tassajara Valley at 7000 Camino Tassajara, between Highland Road and Windemere Parkway
- The site includes a east-west ridge (max height 980 feet), very visible from both Camino Tassajara and from trails in the Windemere Hidden Valley Open Space Preserve
- The proposal would develop about 60 acres, including 24 to 30 acres of gravesites and about 13 acres of impervious area (or nearly 12 NFL football fields!), including parking lots with spaces for 82 cars, 24-foot wide roads, and 60,000 square feet of buildings
- Grading would occur on 77 acres, totaling over 500,00 cubic yards, of which over 130,000 cubic yards would be excess
- Plans show an average of three burials per day, 365 days per year, for a total of about 100,000 burials over the 100-year expected life of the cemetery
What are the top four reasons why the Creekside Memorial Park cemetery is wrong for the Tassajara Valley?:
1 Large scale, urban land use, not suited for the agricultural and open space nature of the Tassajara Valley. The proposal includes many huge structures, totaling over 60,000 square feet (administrative office/chapel, indoor mausoleum, four outdoor mausoleums, columbaria, etc.), including a 42-foot tower on the admin office/chapel. It would create about 13 acres of impervious areas (roads, buildings, parking lots with spaces for 82 cars).
2. Ridgeline destruction. It would reduce the height of a highly-visible ridge by up to 30 feet and put structures (mausoleums and columbaria) on it. Total grading would be over 500,000 cubic yards, of which over 130,000 cubic yards would be excess, to create flat space for grave sites on the ridge and to build up the lower area near Camino Tassajara for buildings, parking lots and additional grave sites.
3. Huge unsustainable water use. The DEIR states that this would be a "significant and unavoidable" environmental impact, even after mitigation.
4. It is not even needed. Based on expected population growth, death rates, and the increasing choice of cremations, the existing cemeteries in the Tri-Valley area have more than enough space to handle the anticipated need.
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Index of Popular Items
Analysis of Need for Proposed Cemetery Documents that analyze the need for the cemetery, posted on March 18, 2013
San Ramon Old Ranch How residents of San Ramon's Old Ranch neighborhood stopped a proposed cemetery in 1998, posted on April 18, 2013
Tri-Valley Cemetery Committee All available documents about this committee, posted March 20, 2013