Streets get new seal; road closures will result

The 2014 Slurry Seal project in Walnut Creek has begun, and will continue through September.

The slurry seal work is part of the city's ongoing effort to preserve, maintain and maximize the service life of public streets. Affected streets will be closed to traffic during slurry operations, and vehicle access will be limited.

The 2014 project covers sections of 94 streets, including portions of North Gate Road, Hutchinson Road, Arbolado Drive, Quail Quest Drive, Whitehaven Drive and Snyder Lane.

An interactive map that shows which streets will be impacted and when is posted on the city's homepage under "What's New." Visit www.walnut-creek.org. Contact Slurry Seal Project Manager Joe Sadri at 925-943-5899 ext. 2217.

Study session to focus on homes at JCC site

Still in its early stages, a plan to build homes at the former Contra Costa Jewish Community Center site in Walnut Creek will be up for discussion at the Design Review Commission's study session 7 p.m. Aug. 20, City Hall, 1666 N. Main St. Pulte Homes wants to build 71 detached homes on the 8.15-acre site on Tice Valley Boulevard. The project will require a general plan amendment, a rezoning, tree removals and an environmental review.

The JCC closed in December 2011 after officials said they could no longer afford to keep it open; they also said they planned to sell the land. Pulte's plan will still allow for the Tice Valley Gym, operated by the city, to remain open, but its parking lot will be reconfigured.


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In November, Pulte officials said they plan to build the homes for young families and empty-nesters. The homes would range in size from 1,700 to 2,200 square feet.

Some residents who live near the site have already come out against the plan.

Go to www.walnut-creek.org

Council to decide on winemaking facility

The City Council will consider an amendment to the 1991 Northgate Specific Plan to allow a "small winemaking facility" on certain land within the area at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street.

The land is currently zoned for single-family residential and open space recreation. The Northgate plan area extends from the intersection of North Gate Road and Castle Rock Road south to the public park lands and east to the city's sphere of influence. Because both agencies are affected, both the county and city have to agree to such an amendment.

This all stems from the request by Shadowbrook Vineyards, at 900 Northgate Road, to be able to build a 7,000-square-foot wine facility and tasting room. The facility would be limited to a maximum production of 3,000 cases per year, along with other limitations.

Shadowbrook has a facility in another part of the Northgate plan area that was allowed when the plan was adopted. That winery has a production limit of up to 1,000 cases per year with no retail sales, tastings or tours on site.

The county approved the winemaking facility in January 2014 and findings were adopted in March 2014. But it all hinges on the county and city agreeing to such a use in the plan area.

Some residents have come out to public meetings opposed to a winery in their area.

Walnut Creek winners in Clayton rib cook-off

Walnut Creek resident Colin Mendenhall, captain of Third Coast Smoke, placed first at Saturday's Clayton Rib Cook-off.

A panel of judges selected randomly from a raffle drawing chooses the People's Choice winner. This year's winner was first-timer The Cunning Hams, with captain Tony Ucciferri from Walnut Creek, walking away with the biggest trophy.

Storybook Breakfast at the library

The Ygnacio Valley Library is hosting a special Storybook Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, designed for children and families.

Joining participants for a continental breakfast will be several popular storybook characters. Story time, fun stations, arts and crafts, photo booths, and dress-up for the kids are all part of this fundraiser benefiting the children's area at the Ygnacio Valley Library. Mechanics Bank is sponsoring with a $3,000 matching grant.

Admission is $10 per person, $5 for children; a $100 family donation includes admission of up to five people, a raffle ticket, and the family's name placed in a new book for the children's area. Tickets can be purchased online at www.WCLibrary.org, or at 925-935-5395.