Town Of Moraga

Hillside and Ridgeline Project Page


About the Project

As one of its 2013 Goals, the Town Council requested that existing regulations for hillside and ridgeline development be studied and potentially updated. In late 2013, the Council authorized a scope of work for the project, that includes comprehensive review of existing policies and regulations, and consideration of updates to provide better and more consistent interpretation of those regulations. Since then, a consultant team, headed by PlaceWorks, has been selected, and the Town Council has formed a Town Steering Committee including members of the Town Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board and Park and Recreation Commission.

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Hillside and Ridgeline Project Frequently Asked Questions


Upcoming Meetings and Events

 Town Council Study Session, March 7, 2018

Please check the Town Council Agenda page for a link to meeting materials when they are made available.

 Town Council Study Session, February 7, 2018

Please check the Town Council Agenda page for a link to meeting materials when they are made available.

 Town Council Study Session, November 15, 2017

Please check the Town Council Agenda page for a link to meeting materials when they are made available.


Past Meetings and Events

Planning Commission Public Hearing, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 Planning Commission Staff Report and Attachments

Planning Commission Study Sessions - October 17, 19, 27;  November 1;  and December 1, 2016

Planning Commission Study Sessions to consider recommendation to Town Council on adoption of draft amendments to Moraga's Hillside and Ridgeline Regulations.  The draft regulations can be downloaded at the link below.  The staff report and agenda are available on the Planning Commission agendas webpage.

The December 1, 2016 Staff Report includes links to a number of files.  All of the linked files are listed below, in the order they appear in the Staff Report.

Staff Report HR Steering Committee 6-29 and 6-30-16

Minutes HR Steering Committee 06-29-16

Minutes HR Steering Committee 06-30-16

Staff Report HR Steering Committee 12-16-15

Minutes HR Steering Committee 12-16-15

Staff Report HR Steering Committee 11-12-15

Minutes HR Steering Committee 11-12-15

Country Club Subdivision Maps (zip file)

Upper Country Club Subdivision Maps (zip file)

Sanders Ranch Subdivision Maps (zip file)

Figure 11: Ridgeline Map

Figure 13: Ridgelines and Elevations

Attachment A: 200 Foot Buffer Detail

Summary of Draft Regulations

 Draft Regulations (Complete)

The Planning Commission will also consider a recommendation on the proposed Initial Study and Negative Declaration for the project, prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Initial Study was circulated on September 13, 2016, and comments will be accepted on the document through Monday, October 3, 2016.  Please see the links below, for additional information.

Notice of Intent to Adopt Negative Declaration

Initial Study/Negative Declaration

Appendices A & B 


Steering Committee Meeting,  June 29 and Thursday,  June 30, 2016 - Review of Draft Regulations:

Meeting Packet

Draft Revised General Plan Land Use Map

Draft Revised Zoning Map

PowerPoint Presentation

Planning Commission Meeting, February 20, 2016, 7PM   Staff Report and Attachments

Planning Commission Meeting, February 1, 2016, 7PM    Staff Report and Attachments

Planning Commission Meeting, January 20, 2016, 7PM   Staff Report and Attachments

Steering Committee Meeting December 16, 2015 7PM    Agenda 

Steering Committee Meeting November 12, 2015 7PM    Agenda

Steering Committee Meeting November 4, 2015 7PM      Agenda    Staff Report

Hacienda de las Flores, Mosaic Room

Issues and Options Public Workshop Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Town of Moraga hosted the third public workshop for the Hillside and Ridgeline project.  At this workshop you will identify your preferred options to address key project issues.  These issues include the meaning of  “protect ridgelines from development,” steep slope development restrictions, hazard remediation, and viewshed protection.  

Workshop materials including the Agenda, Powerpoint Presentation, and the "Options Workbook" are posted below. 

Workshop Agenda

Options Workbook

Workshop Presentation

Steering Committee Meeting June 16 and June 30 2015

Continued Steering Committee discussion of options to address key project issues. Please refer to materials provided for May 28 meeting, below.

Steering Committee Meeting May 28, 2015
Hacienda de las Flores, La Sala Building
The Steering Committee will consider options to address key project issues.

Town Council Meeting, March 11, 2015
The Town Council considered the Steering Committee recommendation for scope of the next phase of the project, as well as the updated background report and landslide maps.  

Planning Commission Meeting, January 5, 2015
At this meeting, the Planning Commission received an update on the project and Steering Committee recommended issues list, background report and landslide mapping.

Steering Committee Meeting, Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Steering Committee met on November 19, 2014 to review the updated Background Report, edited to reflect public comments; review new maps of landslide hazards; and consider a list of key issues to be studied in the next phase of the project. These recommendations were forwarded to the Planning Commission for review on January 5, 2015, and Town Council on January 28, 2015.

Understanding Moraga's Hillside Regulations Report

The Town has developed a document: Understanding Moraga's Hillside Regulations that summarizes the Town's existing regulations in a clear and easy to read format. The final report, which includes comments received from the public is below.


Community Workshop #2, Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Town of Moraga hosted the second workshop for the Hillsides and Ridgeline Project on Thursday, June 5, at Saint Mary's College. Thank you to everyone who attended!
Materials from the meeting, including the results of the issues prioritization exercise, are posted in the PDF files below.

Community Workshop #1, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The first community workshop at Saint Mary's College provided an introduction to the project, and gathered input from attendees on issues and concerns to be addressed. Workshop materials are posted below

Continued Steering Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
(Continued Discussion of 4-10-14 Items, Starting with Agenda Item 11)

Steering Committee Meeting, Wednesday, April 10, 2014

Stakeholder Meetings, April 10, 2014

Links and Documents

Key Regulations:

Municipal Code Chapters

Other Documents

Project Contact Information and Email Sign Up


Contact Ellen Clark, Planning Director

(925) 888-7041


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