With the City Council's approval of a strengthened Measure PP, city staff will now prepare final documents that will clarify the "Save Pleasanton's Hills" initiative and turn it into an ordinance that the council will consider and is expected to approve next month or in early February. Once done, hillside preservationists, developers, city staff and lawyers will have a document the can be readily understood to protect the hills of Pleasanton in perpetuity. It will protect our scenic hills from development, including roadways, to preserve the character of our city and keep development and development speculation away from lands with environmentally sensitive features, lands with primary open space values and lands that the public can enjoy visually and on hikes along pathways that will still be allowed.
The only exemptions that will be allowed will be housing developments of 10 units or less, but even these will have to meet critical reviews to make sure that no homes will again be built on highly visible hilltops. For those who have long promoted these restrictions, theirs is a well-deserved victory that all who live here can enjoy.
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