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Staples OK'd

Pleasanton council gives its unanimous approval to 124-acre development, eventual extension of Stoneridge Drive

The Pleasanton City Council unanimously approved a an agreement last night that will allow for multi-million-dollar residential, commercial and recreational developments on Staples Ranch along with extending Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore.

Cheers from a roomful of supporters of the plan ended the two-hour meeting after the council vote, hopeful that finally Stoneridge Creek will be built. Many have already placed large deposits on homes and apartments planned on the 45-acre senior continuing care community to be developed by Continuing Life Communities (CLC), with up to 800 units for assisted living, skilled nursing and independent living residents.

Stoneridge Creek's development plans will be specifically reviewed at a second council meeting on Staples Ranch scheduled for Sept. 7. At that time, the council will also hear from Hendrick Automotive Group, which wants to build a new auto mall on its 37-acre portion of Staples.

Other plans for Staples, a 124-acre empty field at the southwest corner of El Charro and I-580, include a retail center and a four-rink ice arena planned by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks. Those plans have yet to be finalized and will not be part of the initial approval plan for Staples Ranch.

A key part of last night's agreement permits extending Stoneridge Drive from its current barricade at the edge of Staples through the property to El Charro Road where it will connect to Jack London Boulevard. Livermore plans to extend that thoroughfare which runs alongside the south edge Livermore Airport, from El Charro to the newly-widened Isabel Avenue.

The Stoneridge Drive extension has long been a contentious issue among neighborhood groups with several on the council at one time vowing in their election campaigns to never allow the extension until traffic congestion on I-580 is eased.

Last night's agreement, while providing for the extension, which Alameda County will finance, calls for opening Stoneridge to El Charro only when Livermore extends Jack London. That extension is on hold as Livermore awaits a new developer for its planned retail outlet mall at the northeast corner of El Charro and the 580 freeway, a project that is expected to fund all or most of the extended Jack London Boulevard.

Once the development agreements to be reviewed at the council's Sept. 7 meeting are approved, Alameda County, which owns the Staples Ranch property, and Pleasanton officials will ask LAFCO, the Local Agency Formation Commission of Alameda County, to annex Staples Ranch into Pleasanton so that development can get under way, a process that could take six months.

CLC has said that it has the funding and is ready to start construction on its complex when that happens, with the first of its homes and apartments to be ready in 2012 or 2013.

In urging the council to approve the Staples Ranch project last night, one of the speakers said he'll turn 80 in three years and hopes he'll still be in good enough health to qualify for a Stoneridge Creek Pleasanton home.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Thanks for the cut-through Hayward-ification of Pleasanton :-(


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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Well, finally we are getting somewhere. Please don't fall again to a few NIMBYs This has been going on far to long.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

this is a great day for Pleasanton! This project has so many benefits for this great city, Now let's develop the Lin property.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I'm not sure about an Auto Mall...but this Senior Community is as beautiful as anything i've seen. Stoneridge Creek will improve the property value of our lovely community. Great project!


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Posted by Matt Morrison
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:31 pm

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Hi Michael. The auto mall portion of Staples Ranch is to accommodate two existing auto dealerships in Pleasanton: Hendrick's Pleasanton Automall currently on Rosewood Drive and Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton over on Owens Drive. Both businesses have outgrown their existing locations.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:01 am

I'm glad we're moving forward once again! My hope is that the policy agreed upon Tuesday doesn't disappear into a political fog the same way the last two, or is it three?, have.

The shame of the delay is that years ago both Stoneridge Creek and Hendricks agreed to move forward without the extension of Stoneridge Dr. They were held hostage by the County and a City Council majority who decided to play politics not only with those businesses, but with the residents in the area.

Once the County and the City Council majority tied the extension to development, they should have addressed the environmental, traffic and noise issues of the extension. Instead, they tried to shortcut the process by OK'ing Staples Ranch EIR and CQUA documents that did not include the Stoneridge Dr extension - even tho' they'd made the development contingent upon the extension. It should not have taken a lawsuit to make them do their job.

Thank you Matt Morrison, Mark Emerson and my friend John Carroll for all your hard work on behalf of Pleasanton, Staples Ranch developments and the neighborhoods impacted by the SDE! Your leadership, as well as the pressure put on the County and City by the Stoneridge Creek contingent, not only got the appropriate documentation with mitigation plan in place, but you have provided a Staples Ranch policy we can all live with.

Let's hope this one takes!!


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Posted by great plan
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:13 am

Yes, Matt Morrison, John Caroll and Mark Emerson are the good guys! Thank you gentlemen for stepping in and reaching a fair agreement. In contrast, the mayor threw down her paperwork and yelled at the Staff that the process was taking so long.

Now we know what good leadership looks like!


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Posted by Tamatha
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

The Hippy Mayor and "Good Leadership" are polar opposites. The Hippy Mayor is all about positioning herself to run for Congress. Just what the Bay Area needs - another left wing loon in Congress. Its time to end this loon's tenure as Mayor. Vote her out!


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Posted by Smiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

This is the best Senior Community in the nation BAR NONE. If you don't believe me- go see for your self. Heaven on Earth!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

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Once Staples is built out, let's count how many complaints will be generated by Pleasanton residents who cannot access their own city because there will be a barrier on the Stoneridge extension. They should put the barrier at the ice rink, like in the original plan. That's guaranteed to generate the most complaints from those who will use the rink. It won't be like Dublin Blvd., which is built but blocked off because there's no development there yet.

Billie, you forgot to include the Stop Pleasanton Gridlock citizen's group that lobbied for the extension in your blame game of who delayed the project. Yes, your own neighbors are to blame for making a lot of noise to get the Council to improve traffic circulation around their neighborhood.


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

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Be vigilant! The road isn't built yet. There will be future fights with the NIMBYs. And, the council left an escape hatch.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

Stacey,
I didn't "forget" anything. That neighborhood had just as much right to their opinions as did those that opposed extending Stoneridge because the City and County were not addressing the inherent environmental and traffic issues.

Actually, they also are to be thanked, because without their work getting the noise dampening asphalt for Valley, it certainly wouldn't have been considered for Stoneridge Dr.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:41 am

It takes friggin' forever to drive Stoneridge across town. Why on Earth do people think that would become a shortcut?


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

Have you driven East on 580 lately? Stoneridge will become a long 680 to 580 ramp, as it will end approx. 200ft from 580 eliminating one of the largest slow down sections of 580. The County knows this that is why they were so adamant about Stoneridge going through. Stoneridge WILL become an extension of the freeway.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

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I have. Have you noticed the improvement in traffic flow in the parts where they put in the HOV lane, which will be starting at Hacienda Drive? Have you also noticed how they are connecting all the off and on ramps with a weave lane? When the one between El Charro and Airway is complete, that will improve things further.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

I drive 580E frequently. Yes, it is very slow for a freeway. But not as slow as Death by 500 Stoplights on Stoneridge.

I'm sure the Stoneridge extension will get traffic. But given that the existing road was built through the east side of town as a wide, 4-lane road, with a large median and high-volume intersections, this extension really shouldn't be coming as a big surprise to anyone who bought a home near it.

Given all of the above, I just don't get the uproar. I've never lived anywhere with as much NIMBYism as Pleasanton. The continued growth of the city and its use as a cut-through should not surprise anyone who has moved here in the past 50 years. We accepted that as part of the deal when we moved here.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

What is a NIMBY?


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Posted by NIMBY=
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Not In My Back Yard


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

These NIMBYs are destroying the business model of Pleasanton. I am glad we are finally extending Stoneridge. Should have happened 20 years ago. We lost the Sharks due to the delay. The Lin property development would have brought taxes and jobs. We should remove the roadblock ASAP. The NIMBYs can move back to the stone age. We would not have had any development here in the past 30 years if they had had their way. Given the current slump(Depression) we need any development we can get provided it is done well. Get rid of the NIMBYs.


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Posted by t
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

It is not going to be a NIMBY issue it is going to be a city issue. I am not even talking about the people that live near the road. People have to stop thinking about (just)those people and think about the entire city. When commuter hear the traffic is backed up to Rowell Ranch they are going to get off on Bernal/Valley, Stoneridge from the South and Foothill from the West, knowing there is a way out through the city. The County is putting Millions of dollars into the extensition because it know it will take traffic off the freeways and onto our streets. They are not doing it because they like us (Pleasanton). It is a known fact that they dislike us.

You will see.

There are not 500 stop light and in heavy traffic times the lights are in favor of the heavy traffic direction. It is also a mental thing, people will accept a stop light but hate slow moving traffic.


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Posted by A Concerned Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

The Developer was happy with the plan and was going to start construction right away, so was the auto dealership and the retirement community. The only action the city council had to do was approve the plan the Planning Commission recommended for approval! THAT was two years ago - you know what stopped it - the County and City Council, because they wanting Stoneridge to go through. This project would have been built by now if it was not for the the County and City Council. People talk like the extension was the savor to this project when in fact it has been the opposite.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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Let's remember... Citizen groups were moving to REMOVE the Stoneridge extension. So in planning Staples Ranch, alternatives were made based upon whether or not the extension would be there at all. If there was no question surrounding the extension, there would have been no Staples Ranch plan without it.


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Posted by I'm so EXCITED
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

It's about TIME that road gets put through. Anyone in their right mind could tell that the road was INTENDED to go through! I moved here in 96 and I knew it. I can't believe how many people buy homes and don't do the homework BEFORE They buy. I know I would have used it a BUNCH on the days I had to come HOME to Pleasanton but couldn't get across town.
GREAT DECISION COUNCIL !!


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Posted by Whiners
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

So maybe businesses along Stoneridge and the surrounding streets will benefit from those cars that decide to hop off the freeway and take that route instead of cutting all the way down Santa Rita to Valley to Stanley, etc. Is that a BAD thing? I think not entirely, right?
As I understand it, this brings more tax revenue to Pleasanton, rather than losing it to Dublin...?


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Posted by Matt Morrison
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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Hi Stacey! I hope all is well with you.

Regarding the placement of a barrier, the stipulations in the policy are that a barrier blocks through traffic to/from El Charro until Jack London is extended; but that traffic from both the east and west sides of the barrier can access the auto mall.

Ideally the barrier will be at the entrance to the auto mall, but that may change depending on what happens with the ice facility.

Continuing Life Communities representatives were satisfied with only being able to access their senior facility from the west, currently the "Pleasanton" side, until Jack London is extended.


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