Changes to The Ranch project are incorporated into the West Sand Creek Open Space Protection, Public Safety Enhancement and Development Restriction Initiative that on July 24, 2018, was adopted by the Antioch City Council. Those changes include:
- Permanent protection of 149 acres from development in addition to 93 acres of parks, trails and creekside open space, totaling 44% of the project site.
- Removal of approximately 130 homes, resulting in a maximum of approximately 1,177 proposed residences.
- Removal of homes from hills in the southwest corner of the project area.
- Creation of a 300-foot open-space buffer adjacent to Empire Mine Road, preserving mature oaks, a windmill, grasslands and the eucalyptus windrow.
- Establishment of an open space corridor along Sand Creek averaging 430 feet in width.
- Preservation of at least 98 percent of existing trees.
The Ranch is a proposed master planned residential community in south Antioch’s Sand Creek Focus Area that balances future development with respect for the site’s natural features. The project is proposed to include homes for first-time buyers, gated executive neighborhoods, potentially Antioch's first large-scale community for residents 55 years or older, a fire-station site, and a mixed-use retail village center to serve residents and surrounding neighborhoods. The project's park system ties the site’s neighborhoods together, and will provide opportunities for residents to socialize and recreate in a natural and safe environment. Anchored by a staging area, an extensive trail system connects to all of the site’s neighborhoods and surrounding open space areas.
Benefits to Antioch
Housing and Retail
- 44 percent or 242 acres of the site is dedicated to open space and parks.
- Hills will remain undeveloped.
- 98% of the site’s trees will be preserved.
- 600 to 1,000 acres of nearby undeveloped land will be dedicated by Richland and permanently protected.
- The Sand Creek corridor will be preserved with a buffer from development that averages 430 feet wide.
- 6 miles of trails with multiple vista points.
- Trail head and staging area for hiking access to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.
- 22 acres set aside for parks.
Housing and Retail
- New housing choices, from homes that cater to first-time buyers up to gated executive neighborhoods.
- Proposed large-scale active adult and retirement community for residents 55 years or older, the first in Antioch.
- New commercial and retail services for residents and area employees.
- 2-acre site for a new fire station to be funded by fees generated from new-home construction.
- New Police Services Community Facilities District (Police CFD) to fund additional police officers, code enforcement officers and other public safety services.
- $23.5 million for regional transportation projects.
- Sand Creek Road connected from Dallas Ranch Road to Deer Valley Road.
- All roads, utilities, parks and trails paid for by the developer and builders.
- No city funds used for infrastructure improvements.
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