The Pleasanton City Council will decide Tuesday on whether to place an initiative on the Nov. 8 General election ballot that would block a Costco membership store from being built on Johnson Drive.
The action comes after the Alameda County Registrar determined that Citizens for Planned Growth, a citizens coalition, obtained 5,039 verified signatures based on the city's voter rolls to require the initiative. That was more than the 10% of the 40,154 total registered voters in Pleasanton required for placing the initiative on the ballot.
The initiative asks voters to require a change in the city's zoning laws in the 40-acre area under consideration for land use changes on the Johnson Drive site to ban retail stores over 50,000 square feet in the 40-acre area under consideration for land use changes on the Johnson Drive site.
If approved by voters, a proposed 148,000-square-foot Costco membership store could not be built on the site.
At Tuesday night's meeting, the council will consider several options to respond to the citizens coalition's demands.
It can accept the direction of Citizens for Planned Growth and those who signed the petition and stop the rezoning effort.
Or, more likely, it can call for a vote on Nov. 8 at an estimated cost of $25,000 in translating and printing costs of the arguments for and against the initiative.
It could also seek to delay the vote to the spring of 2017 to provide more time for analysis and hold a standalone all vote-by-mail special election at a cost to taxpayers estimated between $312,000 and $394,000.
Led by Bill Wheeler, owner of Black Tie Transportation which is located within the proposed Economic Development Zone, the citizens coalition opposes Costco. Members have regularly attended community meetings in recent months.
Costco and two hotels that plan to build on Johnson Drive could generate $2.7 million per year in additional revenue for the city, according to Gerry Beaudin, the city's community development director.
The new Costco store would be similar to the 160,000-square- foot store in Livermore, which is larger than the 140,000-square-foot store in Danville. The Pleasanton parking lot would be larger and a gas station could be included in a Costco project if the rezoning were to move forward.
Black Tie Transportation and Valley Bible Church, which are located in the 40-acre area under consideration to be rezoned, would be "grandfathered" into the new zoning plan and could "modestly" expand their facilities if interested.
Th council meeting will start at 7 p.m.tonight in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.