Planning Commission OKs General Plan update

New plan moves to City Council next month for final hearings, likely approval

The Pleasanton Planning Commission Wednesday night approved the city's updated General Plan, sending the several-hundred-page document on to the City Council for final action and ending five years of public hearings and staff efforts to finalize the comprehensive municipal land use and policy guideline.

City Manager Nelson Fialho said that with the Planning Commission's approval, the General Plan will go to the council next month for a final public hearing and expected approval. Once approved by the council, it will serve as the guideline for shaping future growth, land use policies and new energy and conservation planning through 2025.

It replaces the current General Plan, which was enacted into law in 1996 and amended several times to meet changing conditions in Pleasanton, which now has a population of about 67,000. The new plan projects a population growth to more than 78,000.

The new plan also pays more attention to environmental concerns facing the city, including greenhouse gas emissions, global warming issues, future water shortages and traffic increases. Although a long-standing plan to build a freeway interchange at West Los Positas Boulevard and I-680 has been stripped from the new plan, the extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore stays in and is part of the overall development of Staples Ranch, which was not part of the 1996 General Plan.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 14, 2009 at 9:52 am

Where in the world are 11,000 more people going to live as we have built a building and every peice of available dirt in town and in addition where are they going to drive as it is almost impossible to get through town now. Oh yes I forgot that when our mayor first ran it was on the issue if fixing the traffic problem when had then.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on May 14, 2009 at 10:27 am

Wah, Wah, Wah. Get over it.

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Posted by Einstein
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Einstein is a registered user.

I wonder why we would be looking to add 11,000 people when we currently have a problem with water supply for the residents we have. This plan seems not to be connected to the realities of our current situation. The plan needs to be amended already.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm

You have a duty to help out other citizens in needs. Get over it!

The more the mary-er....hahahahahahahahahah...

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Posted by Einstein
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 14, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Einstein is a registered user.

This is an idea which is not affordable and I would like to see the economics behind the general plan including how many of the city officials who will still be around for its deployment.

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