The decision on Tuesday by the Pleasanton City Council to approve a 43-home development on Lund Ranch II shows that Measure PP works.
It was the first major test of Measure PP, which was approved by voters in 2008 and has since restricted development of housing and commercial structures on steep slopes and within 100 vertical feet of a ridgeline.
Without PP, it's likely that homes would dominate the hills on the 195-acre site. Back in 2002, a developer sought approval for 113 homes. Economic conditions and a change in developers kept that plan from ever moving forward.
In the current proposal, developer Greenbriar Homes Communities first asked to build 50 homes, then downsized to 48 and Tuesday accepted the council's approval of 43. Greenbriar also agreed to split the traffic coming from the new development -- a contentious issue by neighborhoods on either side of Lund Ranch -- to 12 using Lund Ranch Road and the other 31 to use Sunset Creek Way and Sycamore Creek Way to reach Sunol Boulevard.
Besides accepting the conditions of Measure PP to refrain from building on lots on or near a ridgeline, Greenbriar also is donating 177 acres of its property to the city of Pleasanton as open space, an agreement in perpetuity that will allow the development of trails for public use.
The significance of Tuesday's vote extends well beyond Lund Ranch.
The action effectively ends any possibility of a major development in southeast Pleasanton.
Because of Measure PP, the once planned 51-home development in Oak Grove is now limited to 10 homes.
Foley Ranch near Ruby Hill is now limited to 10 homes on its Pleasanton side and no homes on its acreage outside the Urban Growth Boundary.
Al Spotorno's plan for homes on his hillside ranch is also now limited to no more than 10.
All this started years ago when voters stopped proposed housing and commercial projects on the Pleasanton Ridge, including one plan by Six Flags to build a Magic Mountain-type amusement park on the hills off Foothill Road.
That vision, along with Measure PP and the council's reaffirmation of its hillside construction ban, ensures that what we see in the hills around Pleasanton will stay the same for generations to come.