So now the city government finds itself in the awkward position of defending itself against the Lins in the Court of Appeal while also considering their new petition for a downsized, 10-ranchette development by the same landowners. So far, planners have yet to review the Lins' latest proposal, waiting a full year after last June's referendum before considering a new plan for the same site, as required by law. Even then, because the Planning Department, Planning Commission and City Council are working with the council-appointed Housing Task Force to meet state and court-ordered deadlines to rezone more sites for affordable housing, it's unlikely the Lins' plan will be considered until late this year, if then.
Still, with the Lins and their San Francisco law firm preparing for another court fight while also no doubt watching closely from the sideline as the 10-unit ranchette plan makes its way through municipal channels, Pleasanton will need to make sure all bases are covered. Most think that the Lins, who have lost all of their court battles so far, don't stand a chance this time either before the Court of Appeal. But that's what most thought before, after the city's Housing Cap law was held valid by a lower court and then overturned by the same Court of Appeal.
One way or the other, the Lins seem likely to build homes on their land in the southeast hills.
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