The Pleasanton Planning Commission recently gave its endorsement to a pair of small-scale development projects that are due to head to the City Council for consideration in the coming weeks.
The first was a homeowner's proposal to tear down their single-story house and subdivide the parcel with three new houses on Stanley Boulevard, and the second was another property owner's plan to replace the 7-Eleven store and Shell service station on Hopyard Road with a brand-new 7-Eleven, gas station and drive-thru car wash.
Each project's planned-unit development (PUD) application, which requires final council approval, was advanced with a positive recommendation from the commissioners during their four-hour meeting Aug. 28.
The residential subdivision on the outer edge of the downtown is scheduled to go before the council first -- on Oct. 1 -- while the 7-Eleven/Shell project is due for a public hearing two weeks later, according to city planning manager Ellen Clark.
3987 Stanley Blvd.
Applicant Saravana Chilla seeks permission to demolish the 940-square-foot house and associated outbuildings at 3987 Stanley Blvd. (aka "Old" Stanley Boulevard), a rectangular parcel in the downtown neighborhood not far from where First Street turns into Stanley Boulevard.
The proposal then calls for subdividing the parcel into three lots, each with a detached, two-story house, along with onsite improvements such as tree plantings, new infrastructure and a shared private driveway to connect the residential lots. The property is zoned and designated for high-density residential
City staff supports the project, saying the architectural design, proposed density, lot configuration and other elements are in line with General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan policies and objectives, as well as fits with the surrounding neighborhood.
The city did hear neighbor concerns about adding two-story houses where a single-story home currently stands, mainly for privacy reasons.
The commission voted 4-0 to advance the project to the council with a modified condition of approval to require larger initial tree plantings to improve initial screening, according to Clark. Commissioner Jack Balch recused from the discussion; Commissioner Herb Ritter was absent, so alternate Brandon Pace was elevated to a full voting position that night.
Applicant Brad Hirst, on behalf of property owner Anabi Real Estate Development LLC, proposes to tear down the existing 7-Eleven convenience store, smog check building and Shell service station at 3760 and 3790 Hopyard Road, at southwest corner of the Hopyard Road intersection with West Las Positas Boulevard.
The two adjoining lots, which total 0.91 acres, would then be combined into a single, reconfigured parcel with a new 7-Eleven convenience store, drive-thru car wash and a new Shell gas station canopy.
The proposal calls for the convenience store to be open 24 hours a day and the ability to sell alcohol -- it would become the sixth gas station store in Pleasanton to sell beer and wine, according to city staff. The car wash would operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The new operations would require the site to be rezoned from neighborhood commercial to PUD-commercial.
Among the site improvements proposed is removing the current driving aisle between the 7-Eleven site and the neighboring Church in Pleasanton parcel. Church representatives had raised concerns to city officials about loitering, 7-Eleven patron parking and delivery trucks in the church lot.
City staff said they think the proposals to remove the shared driving lane, along with adding a new fence between the properties, will alleviate those problems.
The commission voted 5-0 to recommend the project to the council, with modified permit conditions of allowing a 40 foot-wide driveway, requiring higher-quality concrete roofing material, and requiring a five-foot fence on top of the 18-inch retaining wall and improved landscaping on north side of property to minimize foot traffic between sites, according to Clark.