The Pleasanton City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint workshop meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss the potential Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ) being considered for a 40-acre site along Johnson Drive, between Stoneridge Drive and I-580.
The site, mostly vacant since the demolition of a Clorox research center last year, is otherwise developed with aging office, commercial, institutional, and industrial uses.
The creation of a Johnson Drive EDZ would allow the city to use zoning and land use designations, completed environmental review documentation, and standards and guidelines to streamline the development process and encourage investment, thereby diversifying the city's economic base, said Eric Luchini, associate planner for Pleasanton.
The proposed rezoning also would allow several new uses, including a large "club retail" store to build on the site, including Costco, which has signed a letter of intent to acquire part of the site if it is rezoned.
Opponents of a possible Costco membership store are gathering signatures from registered voters signatures to place an initiative on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot that would ban stores over 50,000 square feet from locating on the Johnson Drive site.
Led by Bill Wheeler, owner of Black Tie Transportation which has its operations on Johnson Drive next to the proposed big box site, a new citizens coalition called Citizens for Planned Growth (CFPG) has until May 12 to collect the 4,017 signatures required to place its initiative on the ballot.
Retailers with stores under 50,000 square feet could still build there.
In 2014, the City Council endorsed the idea of exploring a Johnson Drive EDZ in recognition of the fact that rezoning the property for commercial purposes would allow for a wider, more modern range of uses.
Tonight's meeting, which is open to the public, follows two community meetings and a Planning Commission workshop to raise awareness about economic development along Johnson Drive, answer questions, and seek public input on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report.
The city is in the process of completing its Response to Comments on the DSEIR, as well as a comprehensive economic study. Both will be discussed at the April 12 workshop.
These documents, along with the DSEIR, staff reports, a Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet and other information about the Johnson Drive EDZ can be found on the city's homepage under "Hot Topics" or at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/JDEDZ.
Although no formal actions will be taken at this workshop, public comments will be transcribed and considered by city leaders as they continue to consider the Johnson Drive proposals.
The workshop will be held in the main auditorium of the Pleasanton Senior Center.