The Pleasanton Planning Commission Wednesday night approved the city's updated General Plan, sending the several-hundred-page document on to the City Council for final action and ending five years of public hearings and staff efforts to finalize the comprehensive municipal land use and policy guideline.
City Manager Nelson Fialho said that with the Planning Commission's approval, the General Plan will go to the council next month for a final public hearing and expected approval. Once approved by the council, it will serve as the guideline for shaping future growth, land use policies and new energy and conservation planning through 2025.
It replaces the current General Plan, which was enacted into law in 1996 and amended several times to meet changing conditions in Pleasanton, which now has a population of about 67,000. The new plan projects a population growth to more than 78,000.
The new plan also pays more attention to environmental concerns facing the city, including greenhouse gas emissions, global warming issues, future water shortages and traffic increases. Although a long-standing plan to build a freeway interchange at West Los Positas Boulevard and I-680 has been stripped from the new plan, the extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore stays in and is part of the overall development of Staples Ranch, which was not part of the 1996 General Plan.