Hayward has an urban limit line that can only be changed by the voters. The undeveloped
hills in the city, about 2,000 acres, are called Walpert Ridge. Hayward has saved about 80
percent of this area in open space, leading in the future to significant expansion of
Garin Park and a significant extension of the Bay Ridge Trail. Hayward's limit line also
protect shorelands west of the tracks. However, a vote may occur in November which could
allow development of two parcels, Oliver West and Weber. Hayward environmentalists are
planning to fight the ballot initiative and to seek funding from the state and especially
the Wildlife Conservation Board to buy the parcels, adding them to the 800 plus acre
Baumberg tract recently acquired.
Hayward is revitalizing its downtown with significant dense townhouses, but is also
building parking structures and increase parking, contradicting what was supposed to be a
pedestrian and transit oriented area.
Contact person: Sherman Lewis, email@example.com; 510-538-3692 voice /-3693
fax, 2787 Hillcrest Ave., Hayward CA 94542.
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