City Council Gives Green Light for Memory Care Facility at Wilder

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Wilder Owners to File Law Suit

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A 3D render of the proposed Countryhouse Memory Care facility.

    The Orinda City Council unanimously passed Resolution 02-21, approving the 38-bed Countryhouse Memory Care Facility at 1 Wilder Road, during its Jan. 19 board meeting. The Wilder Owners Association (WOA) will file a lawsuit against the project.
    Following the Planning Commission’s approval of the one-to-two-story, 32,084 square foot building and project in July, 2020, the WOA filed an appeal. The hearing was delayed until Nov. 17, 2020, and then again continued to January.
    The Council requested staff to provide additional information and answer questions regarding six issues raised at the November hearing. The issues included further legal evaluation of adjacent districts (Geologic Hazard Abatement District and Community Facilities District); comments from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District; Highway 24 freeway pollutant exposure for facility occupants, employees and visitors; general plan and zoning designations of the project; city municipal code requirements for kitchens; and Highway 24 Scenic Highway Designation.
    Notwithstanding arguments presented by the WOA attorneys, the Council said they were satisfied the issues were thoroughly researched and agreed with the staff recommendation to approve Countryhouse Memory Care.
    Further details about a possible lawsuit were not available at this time.

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