Pleasanton City Council members are set to hold initial deliberations on Tuesday night about their preferred process and project scope when work restarts next year on the East Pleasanton Specific Plan, which would lay the groundwork for future development of Pleasanton's so-called east side.
Long eyed for potential redevelopment with residential, commercial and other uses, the approximately 1,100-acre area was the subject of a city planning effort, including intensive task force work, from 2012 until mid-2015 when the council opted to halt the project amid public concerns about over-development in Pleasanton.
Almost four years after hitting the pause button, the council earlier this year voted to prioritize reinitiating the east side planning effort, with private property owners and prospective developers advocating to move forward and with city officials hoping to solidify the specific plan to help maintain local control over development of the area ahead of future state housing mandates.
City staff expects to begin the estimated 18- to 24-month planning process next February.
"With the objective of resuming work on the EPSP in early 2020, staff is seeking early direction from the City Council on several elements that will guide the planning effort, including confirmation of the key land-use and policy considerations that will be the foundation of the plan; overall project approach; and the project scope of work, including major work tasks, proposed public process and schedule," assistant city manager Brian Dolan wrote in his staff report to the council.
Almost every topic appears to be on the table.
Dolan's report outlines city staff asking for initial council direction on whether and how to pursue key planning considerations such as the overall planning area boundary, circulation, land-use options, open space, trails, utilities, public facilities including schools, and project implementation and phasing.
Other general topics include the project approach and scope of work, including creating a new "base plan" recommendation and environmental impact report, as well as what sort of community outreach and public process the council wants to see occur along the way.
Dolan also notes that Pleasanton-based developer Ponderosa Homes has secured agreements with the major private property owners in the East Pleasanton area to take the lead in working with the city to advance the specific plan. The firm will fund the planning efforts, with the services retained and managed by the city, Dolan said.
The council members on Tuesday (Nov. 19) will be asked to hold the initial public discussion and indicate preferences, and then continue the matter to their Dec. 3 meeting for final decisions.
Tuesday night's meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the council chamber at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
The East Pleasanton area is located generally east of Valley Avenue and Busch Road and north of Stanley Boulevard. Most of the plan area is owned by Zone 7 Water Agency (Lake I and Cope Lake, 589 acres), with other large portions of the plan area owned by Pleasanton Gravel Company (Lake H, 108 acres), USL (approximately 330 acres) and Kiewit Infrastructure Company (about 50 acres), according to Dolan.
In other business Tuesday, the council will present a proclamation declaring Nov. 30 as Small Business Saturday, hear an original reading from Pleasanton's new teen poet laureate, Kanchan Naik, and consider an eight-item consent calendar.
The proposed redevelopment plan for the former Denny's restaurant site on Owens Drive, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday's meeting, has been postponed to the Dec. 17 council meeting.