By: Dale Sanders, Phd

Over 20 years ago I helped develop a plan that worked well for developing an understanding of the Claremont Canyon watershed in Berkeley.

The canyon is primarily the property of the East Bay Regional Park District, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the University of California, Berkeley. The Campus uses the canyon for various purposes, including academic research, and physical facilities, including roads and trails.

Claremont CanyonAs a Senior Planner in the Campus Planning Office I was the primary contact for individuals, professors and graduate students and campus units proposing uses and activities in the canyon and the Campus Hill Area.  I had been hired to manage the EIR for the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP).  We were concerned about how the Hill Area (1,300 acres or so) should be analysed and treated for the long term (2005 target).  The LRDP is up for revision for 2020, right now.  The question then, as it is now, what to do about this area of multiple and often, conflicting uses? (more…)