Proponents of placing a measure on the June ballot to overturn the City Council's approval of a 43-home development in Lund Ranch submitted petitions with 6,086 signatures Friday, well over the 4,124 -- or 10% of the city's registered voters -- needed to force a referendum.
City clerk Karen Diaz accepted the box loads of petitions from referendum backer Allen Roberts and others leading the referendum effort in her office in City Hall.
After her initial count of the signatures, she forwarded the petitions to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, whose office is now in the process of examining and verifying the signatures against Pleasanton voter registration records and also looking for duplicates.
The registrar's office must complete its review within 60 days.
It's that office's final number that will determine if at least 10% of the city's registered voters signed the petitions to call for a referendum.
If they did, Diaz will send that verification to the City Council which could repeal the ordinance it approved Jan. 5 authorizing Greenbriar Homes to move forward on its proposed Lund Ranch development.
Or, more likely, the council within 88 days must call for a special election to ask voters to decide how to proceed. That election would likely be held during the June 7 primary at an estimated cost to city taxpayers of $250,000.
If voters approve the proposed referendum, plans by Greenbriar Homes to build the houses on Lund Ranch, a 194-acre site it owns, would be scuttled. The developer would have to wait one year before resubmitting the same or another plan for building homes on its Lund Ranch property.