In a letter to the Pleasanton Weekly, published in the July 13 edition, July 13, City Councilman Matt Sullivan commends the authors of the Pleasanton Eastern Gateway Initiative for their revised plan.
He said the new initiative would exempt 40 acres from its greenbelt restrictions to allow the Hendricks's Auto Mall to relocate and expand on the Staples Ranch site.
"This project is very important to our local economy and to the long-term fiscal health of Pleasanton," Sullivan stated.
"I think this move opens the door for further discussions and a potential compromise that could meet the needs of the county as property owner, the local business community, the neighborhood and the city of Pleasanton," he added. "I would encourage the council to pursue this opportunity to resolve this conflict in a way that best represents the community as a whole."
Proponents of an earlier Greenbelt Initiative that would have banned all commercial and residential development on the 124-acre Staples Ranch site east of the city filed their new measure to allow the proposed auto mall on the site, but no other businesses or homes.
The initiative is co-sponsored by Matt Morrison, a tax research specialist and Sierra Club activist, and Anne Fox, chairwoman of the Pleasanton Planning Commission.