The City Council, hopelessly deadlocked two weeks ago over a developer's bid to build 50 homes in Pleasanton's southeast hills, will try again tonight to reach a majority decision on one of several plans.
At issue is how those who will live in the development will reach their homes as well as if one of the proposed routes would violate Measure PP, the voter-approved initiative that now bans residential and commercial construction on Pleasanton hills with slopes greater than 25%.
More than 150 residents filled the council chamber Nov. 19 for the council's public hearing on plans by Greenbriar Homes Community to build the upscale homes on the 195-acre Lund Ranch II site in the hills south of Sunol Boulevard.
Those from the Sycamore Creek and Bridle Creek neighborhoods were mostly opposed to using streets through their communities to reach the new development from Sunol Boulevard and favored Greenbriar's plan to connect the new development to Lund Ranch Road only.
Those living in Ventana Hills and neighborhoods along Independence Drive and Junipero Street, which Lund Ranch traffic would then use, complained that cut-through traffic, particularly on Junipero, already congests their streets far beyond capacity.
Besides which route should be approved, council members also wrestled with the questions raised by Measure PP if a new road proposed by the Pleasanton Planning Commission to connect Sunset Creek Lane to the new Lund Ranch II development would have to be built on a slope greater than 25%.
So the issue facing the council also was to determine if a road is defined as a structure -- which would then fall under Measure PP's mandate.
It was that issue that caused Councilman Arne Olson to join Councilwoman Karla Brown in voting against the Planning Commission's recommendation. Mayor Jerry Thorne and Councilwoman Kathy Narum supported the proposed road.
Councilman Jerry Pentin, in a surprise move, recused himself from voting on the issue because he lives close to one of the proposed routes. His decision, made at the Nov. 19 meeting, was unexpected because the state Fair Political Practices Commission had ruled that he could participate, a ruling he requested that delayed the Lund Ranch hearing for more than a month.
That decision left a four-member council to vote on the Lund Ranch proposal, which would have ended up in a 2-2 tie, in effect defeating Greenbriar's bid. To avoid that outcome, Thorne continued the hearing.
Although tonight's meeting is technically a continuation of the 3-1/2-hour public hearing on Nov. 19, Thorne could decide to close the hearing once the meeting starts or allow comments from those who did not address the council on Nov.1.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Council chamber in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.