This year's council, headed by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, largely undid those growth impediments Monday. Not because any council member or most voters want Pleasanton to become another high-density city like those along El Camino Real on the Peninsula nor do they want a thoroughfare of high-rise apartment houses and residential parking garages that we see today along Dublin Boulevard. With their hands somewhat tied by an Urban Habitat coalition that likes what it sees in those other locations, council members nevertheless are cautiously moving toward a Growth Management policy that will still limit new permits and property densities. This policy, being formatted by City Manager Nelson Fialho at the urging of the council, should be ready for consideration early this summer in time for an up-or-down vote by the current council, which because of term limits loses three of its members in the upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 6.
For a City Council that has taken the heat for land rezonings to accommodate high density housing, albeit by state and court orders, a Growth Management Plan that keeps the residential building floodgates reasonably closed can come none too soon.
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