PITTSBURG -- A draft environmental impact report is now available for a Seeno project that calls for building more than 350 high-end single-family homes on a large parcel of undeveloped grazing land west of Kirker Pass Road and south of the city limits.

The main project involves 148 acres of unincorporated land, of which 77 acres would be set aside for 356 single-family homes, with the remaining 71 acres remaining as open space. Another 17 acres of city land northwest of the main project site would be used as an off-site stormwater retention basin, the report said.

The city can consider the proposed Montreux subdivision as a result of Measure P, a Seeno-backed measure narrowly approved by voters in 2005 that extended the city's urban limit line and opened up 2,200 acres in the southwest hills for development and future annexation into Pittsburg.

"If approved, it would be the first project to be constructed (as a result of Measure P)," Kristin Pollot, an associate planner with Pittsburg, said of the proposal backed by Altec Homes Inc. and Seecon Financial and Construction Co.

The developer is seeking to rezone the land from hillside residential development, which allows for 1.2 houses on an acre, to single-family residential, which allows for 2.4 houses on an acre.


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"It's been in the works for many years," said Louis Parsons, vice president of development at Seeno's Discovery Builders, adding that "very high-end" estate homes will be built at the site. "It's really going to be great for the city of Pittsburg."

Under the terms of Measure P, the developer signed an agreement ensuring 43 acres of open space along the main project's southern border would be permanently preserved as open space. The agreement calls for another 28 acres to remain as open space, but that designation may not necessarily be permanent, according to Pollot.

Access to the Montreux subdivision would be provided with an intersection to be built at Kirker Pass Road that would connect with the planned 1.7-mile James Donlon extension, which is undergoing a separate review by city officials. James Donlon Boulevard currently dead-ends at Antioch's western border. The extension would go from Somersville Road, near the site of Discovery Builders approved Sky Ranch 11 subdivision, to Kirker Pass Road. Another Seeno project under environmental review, Tuscany Meadows, calls for building up to 917 single-family homes and up to 365 apartments in an area where the extension would start.

Seth Adams, land programs director at the environmental group Save Mount Diablo, said all these projects need to be evaluated together.

"There is a whole slew of Seeno projects that are in the works. Our concerns (with the Montreux report) are that the city will do a slipshod process on the environmental analysis for a future development that will have increased amounts of traffic right at the intersection of Kirker Pass Road and the proposed James Donlon extension," he said.

The Montreux draft environmental impact report is available at http://www.ci.pittsburg.ca.us/ by clicking on the Public Notices link.

Written comments are accepted through Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. and can be emailed to Kristen Pollot at kpollot@ci.pittsburg.ca.us or mailed to Pittsburg City Hall, Planning Department, 65 Civic Ave., Pittsburg, CA 94565. A public meeting on the report will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Pittsburg City Hall. For more information, call 925-252-4920.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.

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Written comments are accepted through Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. and can be emailed to Kristen Pollot at kpollot@ci.pittsburg.ca.us or mailed to Pittsburg City Hall, Planning Department, 65 Civic Ave., Pittsburg, CA 94565. A public meeting on the report will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Pittsburg City Hall. For more information, call 925-252-4920.