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Ruby Hill conflict goes to city commission tonight

Owners battling changes ordered by gated community

The owners of a newly-built multi-million-dollar home in Ruby Hill will square off tonight before the Pleasanton Planning Commission with a Ruby Hill design committee that is demanding major architectural, design and construction changes to their house.

Located at 3737 West Ruby Hill Drive, across from the Ruby Hill golf course, the house is owned by Divya and Anil Reddy. The gleaming white, 37-foot-high structure includes tall columns in the front, two separate two-car garages, including one with a marble floor, and a partially-constructed backyard gazebo that, when completed would have a domed roof 15-feet high.

The Ruby Hill Architectural Design Guidelines Committee (RHADGC) has determined that a number of its guidelines were ignored or violated by the Reddys and is demanding changes before a city occupancy permit is issued.

However, City Manager Nelson Fialho authorized the issuance of a temporary permit after the Reddys posted an $80,000 bond to cover the cost of structural and design changes that could be required. The Reddys are now living in the home.

In the meantime, the issue is before the city's Planning Commission for a resolution, and also to meet a court ruling that the Reddys exhaust municipal remedies before it would consider an injunction against the Ruby Hill design committee, as had been requested.

The complaints before the Planning Commission are unusual since Ruby Hill, from the time it was developed as a privately-financed and gated community, was given municipal-like powers by Pleasanton to handle its own development standards.

Although city inspectors must approve final construction, design and other architectural guidelines are handled by Ruby Hill with final occupancy permits issued only after the RHADGC has advised the city's planning and building inspection departments that new homes meet its approval.

The Reddys' home doesn't and the RHADGC is insisting on major, costly modifications to the home, ranging from repainting the house from its starkly white color to one more in conformance with the subdued colors required in Ruby Hill. The committee also objects to ornate front doors, glass garage doors, the "too high" gazebo and landscape changes made after plans were submitted to the committee for review.

The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the City Council chambers in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

Comments

Posted by digitalFlack, a resident of Stoneridge
on Dec 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

digitalFlack is a registered user.

Since I'm not allowed into Ruby Hill and maybe don't appreciate all of its splendors, a picture would have been nice. As in, it's nice to know what rich people argue about.

When does Google do another fly over?

Flack


Posted by BobbyM, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

Aha, the problems of too much money. How about using some of those extra dollars to pay off my mortgage and I will gladly issue you a permit of sorts :-)


Posted by Compliant, a resident of Ironwood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

Amazing how people can buy into a community with rules and think they don't apply to them....


Posted by Biff, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

In the immortal words of Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock in The Producers: "That's it baby! When you got it, flaunt it! Flaunt it!". These people obviously know what he's talking about. It will be interesting to see if they're able to buy off the planning commission.


Posted by Shari, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

Why is this news? Just another person thinking they are above the law. Seems norm this day starting with the President.


Posted by MustBeRough, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

This, my friends, is what are called first-world problems.


Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

Much of the architecture in new homes lately resembles the new Outlet Mall in Livermore. The photo shown for this article is a good example.


Posted by Pleasanton Homeowner, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

We've lived in a couple areas where a "Homeowners Association" is involved. We knew when buying that we would be subjected to the rules and regulations involved with living in each community. Did we always agree, no, but we complied because it was the rule and it applied to everyone. Unfortunately, like many here said in the posts, it sounds like this couple does think they are above the rules. It looks like they built this house too, which means they were well aware of the restrictions and architectural requirements while building it. So they are thumbing their noses at the rules, Ruby Hill and appear to be trying to circumvent this by going to the city. City-you shouldn't have bitten on this because you are opening a can of worms. Reddy family why would you want to offend the community in which you live by being a bad neighbor? Unfortunate all the way around.


Posted by Marie, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

Many times folks with that much money think that rules do not apply to them!!


Posted by Mike Peel, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

Folks...Get off this "money" thing. This has nothing to do with money.
It has to do with HOA's that are out of control.
The painting color I can accept. But the front door design, the garage doors, etc., etc. This is way to much.
Wait to you see what the City Council is going to be looking at, at their Dec.17 Mtg. The Historical downtown AND the surrounding neighborhood
Historical District. Those neighborhoods will not be able to do Hardly any
modifications to their homes that were built prior to 1942. Go to the meeting or get the paperwork from the City.


Posted by Mike Peel, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am not a resident of Ruby Hill
I am a resident of Kottinger Ranch.


Posted by Matt, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

My neighborhood was all built in the 60's. No homeowners association. Everyone keeps their places up very nicely. Neighbors are all cool. It's what living in Pleasanton is all about. The gated community thing doesn't really fit, but it's fun to watch them fight themselves.


Posted by Dan, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Dec 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Now I want a marble floor garage to park my Tesla!!!


Posted by Julie, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Mike you know that's totally inaccurate. You were present at and participated in all those historic task force meetings and many of your suggestions were incorporated into the task force findings. I can't believe you'd have the nerve to try to discredit and lie about the task force work.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

The HOA is not out of control. The property owners may not like the rules imposed by the HOA, or they might not have read the rules, or they might have ignored them, but they were in force at the time of purchase and construction.

Similar to the story around Halloween where an HOA came down on some property owners because of decorations and kids. Personally, I don't mind either, but I can appreciate that there are folks who don't want these, and thus live by choice in a community that accommodates and enforces their wishes.

A few years back, John Madden's house was bit in the same way. His was painted the wrong color. That was a city ordinance, not an HOA, but the same principle applies.


Posted by Mrs Howell, a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

My my......what a shame.
The newly rich are embarasing all rich people with this garish spectacle of a house. I harken back to the good old days the well heeled had good taste too.
Now if you'll excuse me I have a polo game to attend.


Posted by Thurston H., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Well said Lovie. Will it be Gilligan and the Skipper vs the Professor and MaryAnn again? I love how they knock those coconut polo balls around.


Posted by Mrs Jjhh, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:52 am

>>
Many times folks with that much money think that rules do not apply to them!!
<<

And many times, for folks with enough money, they don't.


Posted by Mary, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

Uhhh Do you not sign an agreement with the HOA BEFORE buying???? There is no reason to whine about something that they knew would not be acceptable!!! If you don't like the rules DON'T BUY THERE!!!!!!!!! DUH COMMON SENSE PEOPLE.. Build Your Mega Mansion somewhere you do not have to have an HOA!! is it really that difficult???


Posted by Hmmmm, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

My question is: Doesn't the City require and HOA approval prior to issuing permits? They required it of us for an interior remodel with changes to the window openings!! So how did the home get constructed wihout HOA approval????


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I must agree with Matt...it's can be way fun to watch others fight...very funny!

tee hee hee...and I mean it!


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