Planning Commission to hear design review request for development of former golf course

MARTINEZ, Calif. – DeNova Homes will present its designs Tuesday to the Martinez Planning Commission for a 92-home development for the former Pine Meadow Golf Course property.

Called “Traditions at the Meadow,” the development already has Planning Commission approval of its mitigated negative declaration, an environmental analysis, as well as the vesting tentative subdivision map.

Opponents of the development, who are longtime contenders the private property should be considered open space and recreational use, appealed the decisions. But the Martinez City Council upheld the Commission’s votes.

The property was privately owned by the Coward family, which built a nine-hole golf course, a tavern and other golfing amenities. However, the family chose to close the golf course, although it’s kept the tavern open.

After the city declined to acquire the land for a park, the family sold the land for development. A longtime dispute about the property’s designated land use and zoning is the subject of an ongoing suit between the city and several citizens, some of whom formed as Friends of Pine Meadow.

The proposed plan calls for six designs for the 92 single-family homes and three designated open-space areas.

The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chamber of Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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