One project, approved as part of this settlement, should get under way this summer when BRE breaks ground on an 800-unit high density, multi-story group of apartment buildings in Hacienda Business Park. Four other developments are in various stages of consideration by city planners before going to the Planning Commission and City Council for final approval. They also include high density, three- and four-story apartment buildings on vacant land on West Las Positas Boulevard, property at the southeast corner of Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard, California Center (formerly CarrAmerica) on Owens Drive, and the empty acreage south of Safeway's new Gateway Center along Valley Avenue.
With the controversial rezoning issues and development plans behind them, the new council members can focus on what these new buildings will look like, adjoining open space, playgrounds for the children who will live there and, working with the Pleasanton school district, on just where these kids will go to school. Just so these two agencies don't get too complacent in their considerations, the Association of Bay Area Governments and state housing authorities will be back in 2014 with more affordable and mid-level housing requirements, a number yet to be determined.
Of course, there's more for the City Council to consider in the coming year, much more. We'll be back next week with some more priorities to be addressed.
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