Vista Verde Community Housing Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Orinda
Document Title
Vista Verde Community Housing Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The project involves construction of a new affordable senior housing development on a 1.4 acre site consisting of 51 rental apartments for very low- to moderate-income seniors plus one caretaker’s unit that would not be income-restricted. The single building would be a five-story, 53-foot tall structure served by 32 parking spaces in a second level garage. There would also be a new off-site pedestrian crosswalk, located south of the Orinda Community Church at the top of Irwin Way, which will provide safe access to residents to walk to Downtown Orinda. The proposed project consists of a General Plan Amendment from “Public and Semipublic” to “Residential: Multifamily”, Rezoning from “Public, Semipublic, and Utility” to “Residential Medium Density” with a “Senior Housing-Overlay” (SH-O), Minor Subdivision (lot split), Design Review Permit, Tree Removal Permit, and Elevated Deck Permit. Additionally, an application for Density Bonus requests concessions to the to the private open space requirement, height limit, and story limit for the proposed project. Of the 52 total units, there will be thirty-two (32) one and twenty (20) two bedroom units ranging from 700 - 958 square feet (gross). The rental units will be affordable to seniors with very low to moderate incomes (30-80% of the Contra Costa County area median income). The project will provide 25% of the units at moderate income (13 total), 59% of the units at low-income (30 total) and 16% of the units at very low-income (8 total), with one (1) unit for the caretaker that is not income-restricted. The average senior resident expected to live in the development is single, in their 70’s, and living on a fixed income. The building will include amenities such as an on-site Community Room, a community garden, roof deck(s), two offices, Crafts and Computer Room, bike storage, resident parking garage with a security gate at the garage entry, building maintenance shop and landscaped open space areas.

Contact Information

Drummond Buckley
Agency Name
City of Orinda
Job Title
Planning Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Contra Costa
Cross Streets
Irwin Way and Orinda Way
Parcel #
State Highways
State Highway 24

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
City of Orinda
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Contra Costa
Final Environmental Document Available at


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Notice of Determination

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