DUBLIN -- The city is trying to plant roots from its agrarian past in new housing on the northeast side of town.
A 370-house development plan endorsed by the city Planning Commission last week includes a 137-acre lot that could be used to grow grape vineyards, olive groves or other crops. Braddock and Logan Homes also plans to plant decorative vineyards and olive trees and put historic farm implements in key common areas.
Called Moller Ranch, the development would be built east of Tassajara Road and north of Fallon Drive and the Fallon Crossing development. City officials said the plan is in keeping with their strategy to highlight Dublin's agricultural past, which includes cattle grazing.
"This provides the flexibility for someone to establish a working winery or another ag operation," said Linda Smith, Dublin's economic development director.
Almost all of the proposed 370 single-family homes would be built in an 80-acre area within he 226-acre project, according to a report by Dublin city planners.
Smith said town leaders have encouraged development plans in north Dublin that designate some of the land rural residential and agricultural.
There is no guarantee, however, that a homeowner will want to farm the property. "It's sort of left open to the marketplace," Smith said.
Dublin doesn't have many vineyards like neighboring Livermore, a major grape growing and winemaking center that attracts tourists. City officials, however, would like to encourage developments to have ties to agriculture.
"The goal of the project is to create the ambience of a new community built around the relics of historical agricultural use," city planners wrote in a report. "As a reflection of California's agrarian and ranch heritage, the project will feature vineyards, olive groves, dry stack stone walls and farmstead artifacts throughout the community to convey a historical farmstead legacy."
The Moller Ranch project is scheduled to come before the Dublin City Council Council on Dec. 18. The general plan amendment for the project is different from an earlier plan approved by the city in 2007. That version allowed for 195 single-family homes and 14 "duet," or paired, units.
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