The Lesson of Half Moon Bay
Original post made by Stacey on Dec 18, 2007
Why do I feel that this is an important lesson for Pleasanton? Because some uninformed Oak Grove opponents have written here in the past with two thoughts. That 1) the voters will be able to create regulation that will prevent development of Oak Grove and that 2) somehow the Lins will just give their property over to the City as a tax writeoff.
The Half Moon Bay issue is a prime example of how the actions by a city (through regulation or otherwise) could be interpreted as violating the Fifth Amendment and what results from that. If anyone thinks that referending the Council decision and passing the initiative is somehow going to "Save the Hills" from development, think again. The first time the 98 homes plan was referended, there was no initiative "attached" to it. The development plans went back to the drawing board. Does anyone believe that will happen again here?
How much is the Oak Grove property worth undeveloped? Maybe about $50 million? Does Pleasanton have the ability to pay that amount?
on Dec 18, 2007 at 2:42 pm
What a great article! I think this is the main idea Pleasanton should take away from Half Moon Bay's predicament: "...the city was found to have seized private property without paying just compensation."
on Dec 19, 2007 at 3:54 pm
In my opinion, no one is saying the property can't be developed.
Some are just objecting to the proposed way it will be developed - hill top homes that creates an adverse view of the hills, major grading required, slope angles, etc.....
Just my humble opinion............
on Dec 19, 2007 at 9:03 pm
I guess "Stacey" is saying that somebody can propose anything and if it is denied that they can sue the city? Wow, I guess I can buy a property in Pleasanton, take down the house, and propose 5 story condos and when the city turns it down, I sue.
Jerry is right, no one is saying the property can't be developed; they are saying the property should not have homes on the hill tops.
I cannot believe how desperate "Stacey" is to ensure that Pleasanton has non-stop development. Everywhere she writes on this website she is advocating for development. She certainly does sound like somebody on the council who wants more developer money for her campaign. Sigh.