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March 12, 2010

Rural Walnut Creek estate of late state Senator Nejedly to be readied for small development

The son and daughter-in-law of the late state Senator John A. Nejedly have applied to Walnut Creek's zoning administator to subdivide the political patriarch's 13-acre grass- and oak-covered property into four parcels for the development of three new homes.

James and Jaine Nejedly maintained the property off Tice Valley Road and helped keep the late senator there, rather than sending him to a nursing home, up until his death in 2006 at age 91. The property currently has one single-family home on a knoll (the late senator's)  The couple would like to keep that home there, and subdivide the remaining property into three parcels for three additional homes. The new parcels would be about one acre each. 

Their request will be considered at the Zoning Administrator's meeting next Wednesday.

This land was the subject of a bitter family dispute among Nejedly's three children. On one side were James Nejedly and his sister, the Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho. On the other side was their older brother, John T. Nejedly, a Contra Costa Community College trustee who has recently declared his intent to run for county assessor against incumbent, Gus Kramer. This summer, the lawsuit over the estate came to a close with John T. Nejedly, deciding to drop his case.

Nejedly purchased the property in 1951 (not far from where I grew up and now live). Senator Nejedly, in his trust, sought to maintain the rural nature of the land; he also wanted to repay his his son, James, and James' wife, Jaine, for taking care of the estate as he was ailing.

The couple are now moving forward with plans that seem headed for approval. According to a staff report prepared by Zoning Administrator Andrew Smith, the proposed subdivision, together with its design and improvements, is consisent with the General Plan and single-family zoning policies for that area. The community development director also found that the project would cause no substantial adverse environmental impacts.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

yawn...

Beau Hunk said...

Leave this family alone. What news/blog value is there?

CreekyDiva said...

Well said Beau Hunk.

Not worthy of discussion anywhere.

You struck out on this one SM.

AKA Soccer Mom said...

My astute readers have spoken...
And, I took the unusual move of re-casting the story. Don't know if it's allowed in blog world. Whatever.

Anyway, I think it's interesting what happens to this land--if you live in this neighborhood. We always knew that this big chunk of land belonged to John Nejedly, so it has that fascination. I think it's worth reporting what's going to happen to it. But I definitely could have handled it differently. But I didn't need to go into all of the history. You're right. That wasn't necessary. My apologies to the family.

CreekyDiva said...

SM, you have earned your stripes with the deletion of the article about the Nejedly famliy's internal problems. Thank you and congratulations.

What happens to the land is definitely of interest because it is such a large parcel of open land in our town. That story is worth follwing.

Pete Bennett said...

Too bad John t nejedly was found dead like my family n friend Alicia driscoll. Funny my relatives found dead four days after I addressed piepho who
Heard me clearly on Sept 23rd 2014 only enemies of state around get killed

Pete Bennett said...

Too bad John t nejedly was found dead like my family n friend Alicia driscoll. Funny my relatives found dead four days after I addressed piepho who
Heard me clearly on Sept 23rd 2014 only enemies of state around get killed