A plan to build 51 luxury homes in the hills above Kottinger Ranch will come back for consideration by the Pleasanton City Council tonight, but it's unlikely any decision will be made on the next steps in its 2-1/2-year-long approval process.
The council adopted an ordinance approving the development in November 2007, which included a gift to the city of 492 acres of land as part of the proposal by developers Jennifer Lin and her brother Frederic, the longtime owners of the property.
Since then, the proposal has gone through several legal hurdles after former Councilwoman Kay Ayala and a citizens' coalition she helped organize petitioned the courts to overturn the council's decision. In the end, the state Supreme Court on Oct. 14 finally rejected the Lins' appeal of a Court of Appeal decision to allow the citizens' petition to move forward.
Tonight, the council is expected to accept the certification of the referendum petition. That will require the council to reverse its 2007 decision and deny the Lin project or to ask voters to decide the issue in a referendum.
But with Mayor Jennifer Hosterman in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, the council will likely delay any action on reversing its decision or calling for a referendum until its next meeting on Feb. 2 which all five members of the council are expected to attend.
If the council decides to call for a referendum, it must place the issue on the ballot either on June 8 during the state's primary election or on Nov. 2, the date of the national election.
Also tonight, the council is expected to approve a plan to move forward with a plan to renovate or redevelop Kottinger Place and Pleasanton Gardens, two affordable senior housing facilities on Kottinger Drive near downtown.
This would allow city staff, working with the Kottinger Place Task Force and the Pleasanton Gardens board of directors, to select a nonprofit developer to prepare more detailed project designs, plans and financial information for a new 128-150 unit senior rental development.
The developer also would look at plans to build a smaller facility on the Kottinger Place site or to rehabilitate that housing complex along with renovating Pleasanton Gardens.