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Citizen Alert

Housing Explosion
HIDDEN in New General Plan Update
Densities Drastically Increased

Neighborhood  Density Increase
Escobar/Grandview   42%
        Green St./Arlington /Talbart   50%
Waterfront----Embarcadero/Berrellesa  Increases from no housing to 43 units/acre
Pacheco east of Shell Ave.   500%
Arnold Dr./Midway   Increases from no housing to 30 units/acre
Center/Glacier   100%
Haven/Pine   250%
Castro/Brown/Jones   43%
Alhambra Blvd/MacAlvey   50%
Gilbert Ct.   100%
Virginia Hills Dr/Las Animas   250%
Downtown Core gets 4 stories of commercial topped by 43 units/acre
Contact the City Councilmembers TODAY and let them know that these higher densities will impact all of us negatively.
We need your help now.  Let the Councilmembers know that public review of the General Plan Update over the holidays with incomplete information is not the right way to gather public input.
Ask them to delay the review until early next year.
To contact the City Council

Click here
Read more about the general plan on the City's Website
We’ve repeatedly asked the City to compare this General Plan Update to tell us how the Update compares to our current General Plan.  They’ve failed to do that.*  (Because of that failure, the figures above have been calculated without any help from the City.) 

The City needs to stop their “middle of the night” review process and produce the data we all need before they continue their Public Review.  They’ve worked on this General Plan Update for almost 12 years.  Why are they rushing this citizen review and doing it in the Holiday Season?
This revision clearly works for the developers and big land owners.  It needs to work for residents of Martinez too.

Yes, we should build more housing   But we should NOT damage our neighborhoods, our Downtown or our Waterfront in the process.
*See our website )    for letters sent over the last two years requesting this and other information.  A detailed comment letter is also being sent to the City.
More about Thousand Friends of Martinez
The Mission of Thousand Friends of Martinez is to provide a stable organization which will work with residents to elect informed, conscientious representatives; promote open government; enhance our quality of life by creating a livable city; defend our parks and open spaces, and; conserve natural areas and historic elements in the greater Martinez region.

Our Objectives are to:

  • Endorse, support and fund responsible and environmentally supportive leaders
  • Promote transparent government
  • Promote better land use planning and the development of policies for the public benefit
  • Defend parks, creeks, wetlands, open space and historic elements
  • Support budgeting, ballot measures and funding for these purposes
  • Educate the public about these objectives and strategies


Help Martinez strive for more transparent government, enlightened land use concepts and to defend parks, creeks, wetlands, open space and historic elements
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