A group seeking to halt the construction of additional high density housing in Pleasanton asked the City council Tuesday night stop planning for more growth during shortfalls in water, school space and other infrastructure needs.
George Bowen, who lives in the Parkside/Mercer Sports Park community, presented the council with petitions signed by homeowners asking specifically that it reverse its rezoning of a commercial office site at 5758 West Las Positas Boulevard, next to an adjacent site where a four story apartment building has already been approved.
Bowen formed the Pleasanton Voters for Smart Growth organization after his objections to that four-story building failed to stop the council from approving the project.
"I am very concerned that Pleasanton is rapidly and unnecessarily departing from our long-held vision of being the 'City of Planned Progress,'" Bowen said.
Bowen said his organization has created a Web site for those who want more information about high-density housing plans and can also register their support. The site is at www.pleasantonvotersforsmartgrowth.org/
Bowen said the city rezoned 70 acres last year to allow the building of 3,277 new high-density housing units in order to comply with state- and court-mandated decisions that ruled there were insufficient numbers of affordable housing in Pleasanton to meet requirements imposed by the state's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).
Since then, however, RHNA has adjusted those numbers downward, leaving Pleasanton with a surplus of 1,245 units that don't have to be added in the current RHNA housing period, Bowen said.
"I am particularly concerned about the property at 5758 West Las Positas, across from Hart Middle School, which would add 201 units next door to the just-approved 177-unit project," Bowen stated in an information sheet given to council members.
Several of the 60 "Smart Growth" supporters who attended the council meeting also joined Bowen in seeking high-density housing relief from the council. They included former Councilwoman Kay Ayala, who is working with Bowen to build support for his "Smart Growth" program.
Although the housing issue was not on the council's agenda, which meant the council and city staff could not respond to the concerns Bowen and others expressed, Mayor Jerry Thorne reminded the group that the 70 acres rezoned for high density units met the state and court requirements imposed at the time.
The council will take another look at its housing plans at a public meeting on Sept. 2.