Defending Antioch’s Sand Creek Focus Area

/Defending Antioch’s Sand Creek Focus Area

Defending Antioch’s Sand Creek Focus Area

Featured Image (above): Part of the Sand Creek Focus Area threatened by development, bordered by existing development in south Antioch.
Photo credit: Cooper Ogden

Antioch has grown incredibly fast these past 15 years or so. In a city that now has more than 110,000 people, about 43% of residents have moved there since 2005.

The Area at Risk

The Sand Creek Focus Area stretches across 4 sq. mi. (just under 2,800 acres) of the southern part of the city and is the largest continuous stretch of undeveloped land that remains. It has beautiful hills, an important creek and serves as rare plant and animal habitat.

The Threat

Right now there are thousands of houses proposed or already approved on about 1,000 acres of Sand Creek Focus Area.

Above: The area shown outlined in black is the Sand Creek Focus Area, within the Antioch city limits. Developers are proposing thousands of housing units (red area) south of Lone Tree Way. This is just the start. The proposed land use plan shows development of one kind or another over most of the Sand Creek Focus Area. MAP LEGEND: Red=Developments (proposed, planned or approved), White=Existing Main Streets, Green=Protected Land, Blue=Sand Creek.

Grassroots Action

Save Mount Diablo is engaged in the review process for these projects, and together with several partner organizations and Antioch residents, we’ve formed the Antioch Community to Save Sand Creek.

We’re organizing grassroots actions to protect this land and help focus Antioch on improving the parts of the city that are already developed instead of expanding outward.

Since 2015 we’ve organized forums with hundreds of participants, dropped flyers, recruited volunteers, written legal-quality comments and made presentations to neighborhood residents.

Get Involved

In 2018 we are taking our grassroots action to the next level, but we need your help to defend this area.