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Mr. Schmitt and his Neighbors

Original post made by Rules? Who needs rules?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 22, 2014

So the neighbors in Rosepointe don't want him to add on a second story. He can get away with it just as the former owners of the blue house on First Street. No permits, no variances, not built even close to the CA building code. But they built it anyway and no one from the city raised a finger to stop it, despite ongoing protests from neighbors while the structure was under construction. Then after it was built and illegally occupied the city council (led by Hosterman) voted to allow it to stay -- without even bringing it up to code! The building inspection department vetoed that part and it did have to be brought to code. But it remains as built -- less than 12 inches off the lot line and 22 feet taller than allowed without a variance. (PW you can validate everything here in past council minutes)
So I say -- build it and city rules be damned. It worked for First St and it can work for the Schmitt's. We don't need no stinking rules.

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Posted by Bll
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

It seems ironic that the planning commission could agree with the neighborhood citizens that adding a second story in this area of single story homes would drastically affect the viewscape. But allowing construction of a 4 story apartment complex that rises 60 feet above the Parkside neighborhood is ok? The city council is finally getting the message that people do not want high raise high density housing in close proximity to established neighborhoods. They should do the right thing and invalidate the Summerhill building permit and return both the Summerhill and the CM property back to commercial use only.


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Posted by Community advocate
a resident of Rosepointe
on Aug 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I understand the Planning Commission did not "deny" the permit request but "continued" the motion since Mr Schmitt's plans all were within code and current zoning requirements. The neighbors need to work it out.


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Posted by Tom F
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

Thankfully I'm not track home trash and I don't need to worry about such things. Viva custom homes on 5 acre lots!


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Posted by Neighbors have property rights too
a resident of Rosepointe
on Aug 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I was at the meeting, and I can't believe what Commissioner Piper said. She is all about Property Rights for the Schmitts. Seems these right wing lunatics all think property rights belong to the landowner. What about the rights of the neighbors? Their loss of property values? When is that important to a REALTOR Ms. Piper?


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Posted by Simple Minds
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

I elect Tom F the new Cholo


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

well...i view high top homes as bololo's of the new millenium...i rest my case...by the way...can we all get along?


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