Housing Development: Effects on City Services and
Quality of Life
Patterson family has already developed over 5,000 houses
in the Ardenwood/Forest Park area, the densest part of
Due to high-density development in Forest Park, most of
the streets are only fire lanes where parking is not
allowed [pictured at right; click to enlarge].
Another lot adjacent to the Coyote Hills Natural Area,
the Tupelo lot, has been sold for housing development by the Patterson
family for $63 million* [at left below]. This lot is bounded by Tupelo, Paseo Padre, Ardenwood
Blvd, and Tan Oak. Another 276 three-story condos
and townhouses, and houses on 15.5 acres are being built
2006 to present [at
right below]. The lot was bulldozed in mid-August
[2nd row of photos, left]. Again,
this development is so dense that the City has to put in
two traffic lights. This development, with the proposed
Patterson Ranch development, would
generate over 9,000 daily or 3.2 million annual automobile trips in an area
almost without public transit.
In the Coyote Hills
Natural Area, land that now serves as a buffer between
the Ardenwood housing and the Coyote Hills Regional
Park, developers have proposed a massive, high-density
subdivision of as many as 520 housing units. The proposed
development would destroy wildlife habitats, add an
excessive number of
daily car trips on city streets as well as freeways, increase
pollution, and place an unnecessary burden on local
police, fire, emergency medical, street maintenance,
domestic water and wastewater services, on our
schools, and on the taxpayers who fund them.
Our city services are already compromised
by budget shortfalls. For example, fire services have
been reduced. The firehouse on Deep Creek serving
Ardenwood/Forest Park is closed part of the time [click photo
Friends of Coyote Hills
promotes limiting development of the
Coyote Hills Natural Area. These lands provide a balance
between the urban area and the beauty, peace, and wonder
of open space. Over the years, a substantial part of the
Fremont has been paved over, including most of its
bountiful farmland. Many of the city's natural qualities have
been lost, and much of what remains is in jeopardy.
Our vision is to
our scenic views, water, and air quality—a major
part of our quality of life.
By protecting wildlife habitat,
many species of animals, birds, and
plants will be saved for generations to come.
Friends of Coyote Hills will work to keep
Fremont and Tri-City a special place to live and work.
*Source: Alameda County Assessor's Office, Oakland, CA