The Pleasanton City Council has finalized its selection for three at-large representatives to serve on the Downtown Specific Plan Task Force.
The city now has the full complement of representation needed to begin to schedule meetings.
The last Downtown Specific Plan was adopted in 2002 to serve as a guide for the future development and preservation of the downtown area, specifically looking at issues related to land use, transportation, parking, historic preservation, design and beautification, and economic vitality.
“While the Downtown Specific Plan of 2002 laid the foundation for the city’s objectives relative to the downtown area, it’s important that we take a fresh look to see if our needs have changed,” said Gerry Beaudin, director of Community Development.
He said the new plan will incorporate and update any changes to ensure that the Downtown Specific Plan reflects "current needs and desires.”
The following are on the 10-member task force (with alternates also listed):
• Two from the City Council: Mayor Jerry Thorne, Vice Mayor Kathy Narum. Alternate: Councilman Jerry Pentin.
• Two from the Planning Commission: Herb Ritter, Nancy Allen. Alternate: Justin Brown.
• Two from the Pleasanton Downtown Association: Laura Olson, Dirk Christiansen. Alternate: Janet Yarbrough.
• One from the Economic Vitality Committee: Olivia Sanwong. Alternate: Steve Baker.
• Three At-Large Representatives: Teri Pohl, Jim Merryman, Jan Batcheller
The update will include:
• Evaluating parking requirements for development projects;
• Exploring the integration of residential development;
• Evaluating and clarifying maximum building height in downtown;
• Integrating trails and pedestrian pathways;
• Division Street enhancements; and,
• Evaluating and providing land use recommendations for the existing civic center site in coordination with the Civic Center Master Plan.
The Task Force is expected to meet monthly for a period of 18-24 months. The first meeting has yet to be scheduled.