J & J Ranch (Moraga Adobe)

J & J Ranch is an approved 13-lot subdivision located about four miles southeast of downtown Orinda. The subdivision divides two existing parcels (APN 271-130-003 [16.5 acres] and 271-150-002 [3.8 acres]) into 14 lots: 13 lots approved for new single family homes, and the remaining 2.3-acre “Parcel A” where the historic Joaquin Moraga Adobe (“Adobe”) is located.

The property is in the Del Rey neighborhood of south Orinda on a hill backing up to the Moraga Country Club between Del Rey Elementary School and Miramonte High School. The entrance to the subdivision is from the portion of Donna Maria Way accessed from El Camino Moraga.

J & J Ranch is named after Joaquin Moraga and his cousin Juan Bernal, recipients in 1835 of the Mexican land grant for the area.

PROJECT STATUS - Approved & Under Construction

On October 20, 2015, the City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and approved the Vesting Tentative Map for the J&J Ranch subdivision (Major Subdivision 2013-001 and Tree Removal Permit 2010-017). 

The Adobe building will be restored and rehabilitated to its appearance circa 1848, with all restoration work conducted in accordance with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and with standards for alterations to historical landmarks contained in OMC section 17.25.17. The Planning Commission approved the Landmark Improvement Plan for the Adobe on February 28, 2017 (Design Review Application 2017-005).

Pursuant to the tentative map conditions of approval, on December 5, the City Council reviewed a proposed General Plan and Zoning Map update to convert the Adobe parcel from “Residential Low Density” to “Parks and Recreation” zoning in order to allow the property owner to apply for a General Use Permit to use the Adobe site as a museum or as a lodge for the new subdivision’s HOA. These changes were finalized on April 17, 2018 (view staff report here).
The FInal Map for the J&J Ranch subdivision was also approved on April 17, 2018 (view staff report here).
Tree removal and remedial grading for landslide rehabilitation, roadway construction and building pads is complete. Home construction is currently in progress at the J&J Ranch Subdivision. As of November 2023, construction on 6 lots in the J&J Ranch Subdivision have been completed.

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