A new report showing that Pleasanton has fulfilled its requirements to provide high density housing for at least the rest of the decade and possibly well beyond will be considered tonight by the Pleasanton City Council.
To meet those requirements, some 70 acres of available properties were rezoned over the past two years for high density apartment buildings.
That action not only satisfied court and state Housing Authority orders to provide more affordable housing in the community, but provided more than enough rezoned land and apartment sites to meet the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers of 2,067 housing units at least through 2022.
The report could have an immediate impact on work by the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force that has been meeting for the last 18 months to consider future development of about 1,100 acres of land east of Valley Avenue and north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Stanley Boulevard. That land, formerly mined for sand and gravel, has been the focus of the task force for additional high density housing to meet more housing needs imposed by RHNA, which, for the next eight years, at least, is no longer needed.
In its discussion tonight, the council will consider three options:
Complete the task force planning process with any annual build-out of the residential portion of the plan subject to the city's annual Growth Management allocation of 238 residential units citywide.
Complete the task force's recommended specific plan for the east side and allow a "phasing" plan for the construction of infrastructure components (water, sewer, roads) and allow some commercial development there, while retaining some areas for future high density housing.
Mothball the task force recommendations for now and be prepared to resume the effort closer to 2022 if it is thought that additional sites for housing will be needed in the 2022-2030 RHNA cycle.
In all of the scenarios, it is unlikely that El Charro Road will be extended from Stoneridge Drive to Stanley Boulevard as planned or that a developer-paid elementary school site would be offered to the Pleasanton school district, which also was part of the task force recommendations.
The council meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.