A group of Walnut Creek residents are working to stop a new housing project that would bring 53 new homes to the East Bay city.
Tice Valley residents are gathering signatures for a petition to block what they consider a threat to their semi-rural neighborhood in a non-incorporated part of the city, not far from downtown.
More than 100 people jammed into a meeting at city hall last week to hear about the latest proposal to build homes on five acres at the old Jewish Community Center.
Residents are concerned the project would increase traffic and create overcrowding in the area.
Tice Valley-resident Dabney Lawless argues the area's country roads cannot handle additional traffic.
The developer, Pulte Homes, said it will add additional sidewalks, lighting and crosswalks.
In a statement, Pulte Homes said in part the public process has considerably reduced the proposed density and height of homes, while also increasing open spaces, side yard sizes and enhancing the overall neighborhood design.
Walnut Creek's planning commission recently approved the project.