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.