Plans to build on 10.4 acres of vacant land have cleared the California Environmental Quality Act review process, bringing the construction of 126 new homes closer to reality in Antioch, Contra Costa County. The project will create 25 detached structures, landscaping, and a surplus of parking. SDG Architects is the project architect.
The project is located at the crossing of Wild Horse Road and State Route 4, near Nelson Ranch Park. According to the design description, the buildings will be “three story townhomes with garages at the rear of the townhomes. The architectural styles are updated traditional designs with craftsman characteristics.”
The Notice of Determination was recently published, hopefully rounding off the CEQA process. The one issue raised during the process was the significant effect on the environment “related to vehicle miles traveled,” as determined by the Environmental Impact Report.
In the Draft EIR summary, the author, Stantec, described that their “analysis conducted for this EIR determined that the proposed project would result in one significant and unavoidable impact to transportation. Specifically, the proposed project would exceed the applicable VMT threshold of significance, and no feasible mitigation measures are available to reduce this impact to a less than significant level. Refer to Section 3.0, Environmental Impact Analysis, of this EIR for additional discussion.”
Mitigation measures and monitoring have been incorporated into the project as a condition for approval.
Construction will build 25 detached buildings, containing between two and eight units each. Residence sizes will range between 1,120 to 1,900 square feet each. Future infrastructure will include completing the Wild Horse Road along the southern edge of the lot, covering 1.6 acres of the original 12-acre lot.
Each unit will include a two-car covered garage, maintaining Antioch’s car-oriented urban fabric. It is the second-largest city in Contra Costa County, with a population of 115,291 according to the 2020 census. The city has one BART Station and bus services by Tri Delta Transit, connecting the city with Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Oakley, and Bay Point. There is little development around the BART stop, which opened in 2018. Residents will be eight minutes away from BART by car, or 30 minutes away by bus.
Philip Su is the property owner. The civil engineer is Walnut Creek-based DG Engineering, and HWA Landscape Architects will be responsible for the landscaping. The owner is seeking entitlement and plans to sell the rights to build to a future developer who will finish the project. Construction is expected to last 13 months from groundbreaking to completion.