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Newark Activates Plans for 18-Hole Golf Course and 500 New Homes

 If you’ve driven the Dumbarton Bridge or headed south on 880 lately, you’re painfully aware how morning commute traffic backs up into Fremont and Newark. Ignoring these long-existing conditions—ones that generate air pollution and aggravate health problems—the City of Newark is planning both an 18-hole golf course and 500 new homes. 

 If the City’s impaired vision were realized, the public would endure several years of the additional truck traffic required for construction—and then experience increased congestion on city streets and overcrowding of schools. Clearly these plans threaten our quality of life in Newark, a suburb that advertises its “small town” atmosphere.

 Moreover, these two projects would encroach into the wetlands adjoining Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Not only would they disturb existing wildlife habitat; they would also destroy some of the last-remaining wetlands around the Bay. Newark’s wetlands, a little-known treasure, are home to several endangered species, including seals who nurse their young in the Mowry Slough. 

Concerned about all this craziness? Then plan to speak up at the Newark City Council meeting this Thursday Dec. 12th at 7:30 at the Newark City Hall, 5th floor. 

—Paul W. Rea, PhD, Newark 

James Nelson December 08, 2013 at 05:55 PM
It feels like this talk of Golf Courses and New Homes has been going on for years, what's so different now? I mean, is construction going to begin tomorrow? I don't care about Years from now, because things always change and the future is unreliable for all we have is now! The City of Newark tends to do much more "Talking" than "Acting" these days. Although I'm concerned, I am not at the point where I need to throw objects into the Air and take to the streets holding a sign with stick.
Avery December 09, 2013 at 01:13 AM
A golf course would be dope.
Nick December 10, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Not a bad idea for revenue generation. More homes, more property tax for the schools....then again need more police, more teachers, etc. More jobs on the golf course, will guess that the revenues generated will go back into the upkeep of the course.
Nadja Adolf December 13, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Actually, many cities are closing their golf courses because they are expensive and golf is a declining sport - the "growth" in golf is significantly less than the growth in the population. Newark doesn't have enough land to build an 18 hole golf course and I have no idea of where they intend to find enough acreage - maybe fill in the Bay? The area planned for residential has been conceived around the notion that people will move here for "luxury homes" on tiny lots in coastal scrub because it will be less expensive than surrounding cities - and the golf course is supposed to draw in "higher income residents." Unfortunately, the higher income folks are all busy sailing, shooting sporting clays, or playing on private membership courses where they don't have to deal with the Newark winds or the general population. The entire premise is based on the idea that people will overlook our deficient infrastructure - poor schools, lack of shopping, etc. - in order to live near a golf course. Not very likely. If this area is developed, it will probably show the same pattern as other areas in Newark, including the Lake, where people move in, then when they see how bad the schools are they turn their Newark house into a rental and move to Castro Valley, Pleasanton, etc. for better schools and infrastructure. I have watched neighbor after neighbor complain about the schools, and then pack up and move, sometimes not stopping until they reach El Dorado Hills, Seattle, or South Lake Tahoe.
Rob Sorensen December 23, 2013 at 01:14 PM
If a golf course makes sense to private developer investment , great. This is not City tax dollars. I think our youth would benefit from such a sport alternative. I'd be there for putting green time and driving range sessions.
Nadja Adolf December 23, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Rob, the developers have declined building a golf course; the current plan involves using city tax dollars to build, manage, and maintain a course. Unfortunately, the Newark winds don't make this the best place to play golf; and there is something absurd about deciding to dump a few hundred million gallons of water a year into a golf course in the middle of a drought (check out how much water the Palo Alto course, also on coastal scrub requires every year.)
Nadja Adolf December 23, 2013 at 05:34 PM
And there is the question of where they would obtain enough land for an eighteen hole course; they only have something like sixty acres, adequate for an all par 3 course but grossly insufficient for an executive of par 3s and 4s, let alone a full 72 par course.
April December 24, 2013 at 09:39 AM
History repeats. Newark has had a golf course. It was difficult to maintain, salt seeps into the greens, etc. the old golf course finally died in the late 70 s when many people actually could afford to golf.

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