As with other developers, Pleasant Partners also offered to meet the city's insistence that it "contribute" to other municipal and school needs as part of gaining a development agreement. The developer will give $2.5 million to be used toward building out more of the Bernal Community Park and also will pay well above the state's statutory fees to the Pleasanton school district. But with those agreements, Pleasant Partners said the rubber band of contributions had been stretched to its limit, and the council accepted the final agreement.
Wednesday's workshop, to be held starting at 7 p.m. in the city's Operations Center on Busch Road, is open to the public. It's not a regular meeting of either group so no decisions will be made, although both the Housing Commission and council are hoping for a comprehensive plan for consideration this summer. Given the finality of the judicial decision on Palmer vs. the City of Los Angeles, however, Pleasanton's best hope may be in providing incentives to encourage more contributions toward affordable housing. Lower rents offered to low income tenants are paid by those renting market rate apartments, where monthly rentals generally are $2,500-$3,000 for two-three-bedroom units in Pleasanton.
Affordable housing is in woefully short supply in Pleasanton. Unless the state Legislature restores the city's ability to require affordable housing, agreement to move forward in a cooperative way with developers may be the council and Housing Commission's best hope in helping those who work here and want to make Pleasanton their home.
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