City Council holds hearing tomorrow night on Lund Ranch housing plan

Developer planning 50 homes on 195-acre site south of Sunol Boulevard

The Pleasanton City Council will hold a public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday on a bid by Greenbriar Homes to build 50 homes on the now-vacant 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard.

The city's Planning Commission approved the plan Aug. 26 in a 4-1 vote, ruling that the upscale home development could be accessed only by a new 24-foot-wide road that Greenbriar must build to connect to Sunset Creek Lane, which homeowners would then use to reach Sycamore Creek Way and Sunol Boulevard.

That route is controversial because a section of the new roadway would be built across a 25% slope, which opponents said will violate voter-approved Measure PP. Pleasanton voters passed Measure PP in 2008, a law that is now part of the city's General Plan that requires the city to restrict development of housing and commercial structures on steep slopes and within 100 vertical feet of a ridgeline.

Opponents of the roadway approved by the commission argued that the road is a structure and therefore can't traverse slopes steeper than 25%. They live along Sycamore Creek Way, the road Lund Ranch II homeowners would use, and favored the access plan Greenbriar proposed, to have all Lund Ranch II traffic --about 550 vehicles per day -- use a circuitous route from Lund Ranch Road through Ventana Hills onto Livingston Way, Hopkins Way, Independence Drive and Junipero Street to reach Sunol Boulevard.

Plans for a major housing development on the former Lund cattle ranch date back to September 2002 when 113 homes were proposed for construction on 12,000-square-foot lots. Even then, the Planning Commission expressed concern over that project's effect on hillsides. The proposed development then changed hands and it was not until April 2007 a new builder proposed 149 homes on 3,000-square-foot lots. Those plans again were delayed and, a year later, Measure PP became the law of Pleasanton.

Measure PP doesn't affect the latest 50-home development plan which would be built on a fairly flat bow of the old ranch, not on hillside slopes. It's the needed 50-yard extension of Sunset Creek Way that will have to cross a steep slope that falls under Measure PP's terms.

The Lund Ranch public hearing will be held in the council's chamber in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

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