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Pleasanton council to debate subdividing Old Stanley site for three new houses

Also: Analyzing city's energy-efficiency, raises for city management and Bullying Prevention Month

Before-and-after image shows the current house at 3987 Stanley Blvd. (left) compared to the streetview with digital rendering of new houses at the same site, as proposed by property owner. (Image courtesy of city of Pleasanton)

The Pleasanton City Council is set to consider a homeowner's request to demolish their single-story house on Old Stanley Boulevard and subdivide the parcel for three larger houses on Tuesday night.

Applicant Saravana Chilla received Planning Commission support for the project on the outer edge of downtown, with a 4-0-1 vote on Aug. 28 to advance the planned-unit development (PUD) application to the council with a positive recommendation.

"The Planning Commission reviewed the subject proposal and believes the proposed density, development standards, architecture, site design, lot configuration and landscaping are consistent with the zoning, Downtown Specific Plan and General Plan goals and policies including all regulations and design guidelines," assistant city manager Brian Dolan wrote in his staff report to the council.

The proposal calls for tearing down 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 original home dates back to 1914 but was not designated as an historic structure during the city's 2015 historic resource survey, Dolan noted.

The applicant would then subdivide 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.

The planning commissioners and city officials did hear from neighbors concerned about adding multiple two-story houses where one single-story home currently stands, mainly for privacy reasons.

City staff concurs with the commission's recommendation for approval, saying the project would align with city policies and objectives as well as would fit in well working with the surrounding neighborhood.

The small subdivision is the main hearing item listed on the council's open-session agenda, set to get underway at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at 200 Old Bernal Ave.

In other business

* The council will discuss the results and recommendations of the energy benchmarking analysis conducted at city facilities by high school and college interns with local nonprofit Go Green Initiative.

* Council members will present proclamations declaring October as National Bullying Prevention Month and Oct. 23 as National Unity Day.

* They will hear a presentation from Bobby Khullar on The Sean Brock Foundation, which provides scholarships and assistance for injured military veterans.

* As part of its 15-item consent calendar, the council will consider confirming a 3% increase to the pay schedule for city management and confidential employees -- who are not represented by a union. The proposal also calls for an additional city contribution of 0.5% of base wages into a deferred compensation plan.

* Other consent items include introducing an ordinance to move forward with enrolling the city in the East Bay Community Energy program, an additional $50,000 to the law firm of Jarvis, Fay & Gibson for consultation on the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone supplemental environmental study, and $120,000 annually for three years to Townsend Public Affairs for the city's share of Tri-Valley lobbying efforts.

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