It's over: Hillside protection is now the law in Pleasanton | April 19, 2013 | Pleasanton Weekly | |

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Opinion - April 19, 2013

It's over: Hillside protection is now the law in Pleasanton

It's a good thing folks in Kottinger Ranch and many other hillside communities in Pleasanton built their homes when they did, or there'd be nothing but lush woodlands for the rest of us to enjoy. After more than two decades of effort, hillside preservationists who sought rulings to keep housing off the steep slopes in and around Pleasanton, including the Pleasanton Ridgelands back in the the 1970s, won the City Council's approval Tuesday to ban all hillside development. The ruling is now part of the city's land use governing General Plan. Hillside protection language actually was part of the city's 1996 General Plan. Measure PP, approved by voters two years ago and ratified and strengthened by the City Council Tuesday, now completes that work, banning hillside development on or close to slopes with a 25% grade with few exceptions.

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