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News - March 17, 2017

Commission delays workshop on 39-home project

Downtown parking plan receives planners' endorsement

by Jeremy Walsh

The Pleasanton Planning Commission last week delayed a scheduled work session to review a 39-house development proposed for the southern part of town.

City planning staff wanted more time to vet materials related to the proposal and prepare for the work session, according to community development director Gerry Beaudin.

The commission continued the matter to a yet-unscheduled future meeting without discussing the project March 8. Eight residents were on hand in the council chambers, waiting to make sure the work session was actually postponed as city staff recommended.

The proposal from developer Tim Lewis Communities calls for 39 single-family detached homes and associated improvements on the approximately 154-acre Spotorno property at 1000 Minnie St., about 1.5 miles east of the Interstate 680 ramps at Sunol Boulevard and north of Callippe Preserve Golf Course.

The project site consists of a mix of planned unit development zoning districts: semi-rural density residential, medium density residential and agriculture/open space.

The work session is designed to review and hear comments about applications submitted by the developer for various entitlements, including a rezoning plan, General Plan amendment, Happy Valley Specific Plan amendment and a development plan, according to city staff.

Staff will also look for comments from the public and planning commissioners about the scope of analysis for the environmental impact report that will study environmental effects of the proposed development.

Beaudin said the commission's work session would be rescheduled for no sooner than April.

In other business

The commission reviewed updates to the Downtown Pleasanton Parking Strategy and Implementation Plan and recommended the plan's approval to the City Council.

Prepared by city staff and consultant firm Fehr & Peers, the plan is designed to serve as a guide for implementing parking improvements in and around downtown, according to senior planner Shweta Bonn.

The document includes an analysis of current parking conditions, strategies for increasing the parking supply including the feasibility and potential costs of a parking structure, factors influencing occupancy rates, demand management strategies, future demand scenarios and an implementation plan, Bonn explained.

During their 45-minute discussion, commissioners urged the council to take a wide-ranging approach when studying downtown parking strategies and ultimately approving the plan, including analyzing options like a one-way loop and what vehicle use may look like in the next few years and even several decades down the road.

"In the larger context, I think we do need to start with the question of ... what do we want the personality of downtown to be?" Commissioner David Nagler said.

Commissioner Nancy Allen did not take part in the conversation, recusing herself because she receives compensation from a downtown business. Commission alternate Justin Brown stepped in and cast a vote, along with the four remaining commissioners, to recommend the plan to the council for approval.

Beaudin said the timetable for taking the plan to the council hasn't been finalized, but it would likely occur after April. The downtown parking plan can be viewed at


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