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In May 2010, agribusiness giant Cargill and luxury housing developer DMB Pacific Ventures proposed a huge housing and commercial development on the salt ponds east of Hwy. 101—an area stretching from Woodside Road to Marsh Road.

Thanks to the vocal opposition of residents and neighbors like you, in May of 2012 Cargill and DMB withdrew their pending “Saltworks” proposal from further consideration by the City. However, at the same time, they announced they would return with a revised development plan for the salt ponds.


We don't need to see a revised plan. 

RCNU maintains that the property is not a suitable site to build housing or businesses. The pursuit of any project that grows Redwood City on the salt ponds, regardless of its size, runs counter to good land use practices and our community’s vision. We remain vigilant and committed to protecting Redwood City’s future. We don’t need to see a revised plan to know that’s not where we want our city to grow.

Why is building on the salt ponds a bad idea?

Because our community cannot risk:

  • Traffic gridlock
  • Economic harm to local businesses
  • Placing more people and property behind flood levees
  • Increased costs to residents
  • Uncertain water supply
  • Loss of restorable wetlands

We have a choice!

Instead of allowing Cargill and DMB to go forward with their irresponsible plans, we should follow through on the General Plan adopted recently by the city. The General Plan follows the guidelines of responsible growth. It grows our city in a way that prevents sprawl, conserves our resources, and puts over 9,000 homes in our downtown and along transit corridors, near shopping and restaurants. The General Plan has broad community support, and developers are already lining up to make it happen.

We are committed to giving voice to our community’s concerns about the impacts of any project that would grow Redwood City irresponsibly—and we need your help! Visit our Issues pages, see what we’re talking about, sign up as a supporter of RCNU, and get involved.

We look forward to working with you to protect Redwood City’s future.

Redwood City Neighbors United



(Banner photos courtesy of Jill Clardy, Ed Bierman, (nz)dave,  Rebecca Williamson and Greenbelt Alliance)