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Pleasanton: Planning Commission to debate new five-lot subdivision on Sycamore Road

Indicated initial support for project in January, contrary to staff's recommendation

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set Wednesday to consider endorsing a property owner's proposal to split a 3-acre-plus parcel on Sycamore Road into five residential lots with four new houses.

Commissioners gave initial support to the concept, while requesting some additional information on some aspects of the project, during a study session in January that saw city staff recommend denial because the North Sycamore Specific Plan allows only a three-lot subdivision maximum.

The project is returning for formal commission consideration during an online-only meeting Wednesday night. The final decision would be made by the City Council, if the commission advances the proposal with its endorsement.

Site map shows concept for the five-lot subdivision at 990 Sycamore Road. (Image courtesy of city of Pleasanton)

The Bringhurst family seeks city approval to amend the North Sycamore Specific Plan and the planned-unit development (PUD) plan to allow for a five-lot subdivision at their 3.28-acre property at 990 Sycamore Road, located near where Sycamore Road intersects with Alisal Street.

The proposal would create five lots overall, for four new houses and one lot with the existing house.

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The specific plan, as written, allows for only three lots under a parcel subdivision. But at their Jan. 22 meeting, the commissioners said the landowner's proposal to add three lots on the north portion of Sycamore Road and two lots on the south side would be compatible with the current character of the neighborhood and lot-size pattern, according to city staff.

The commission majority did ask for more information and potential modifications as part of the final proposal.

According to city associate planner Jenny Soo, the applicant did agree to revise the building setback and overall square footage for all structures on one lot, as well as contribute $100,000 to the city as a public amenity for the proposed five-lot residential development -- the commission had suggested bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the area.

The commission on Wednesday will consider whether to make a formal recommendation that the council approve the application package. It includes amendments to the specific plan, rezoning part of the property from PUD-agricultural to PUD-medium density residential, a PUD development plan for the five-lot subdivision and a vesting tentative subdivision map.

The commission's meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 27), will be held online only via Zoom in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shelter-in-place guidelines. For instructions on how to view the meeting or submit a public comment to be considered, visit the agenda webpage.

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Pleasanton: Planning Commission to debate new five-lot subdivision on Sycamore Road

Indicated initial support for project in January, contrary to staff's recommendation

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, May 26, 2020, 5:40 pm

The Pleasanton Planning Commission is set Wednesday to consider endorsing a property owner's proposal to split a 3-acre-plus parcel on Sycamore Road into five residential lots with four new houses.

Commissioners gave initial support to the concept, while requesting some additional information on some aspects of the project, during a study session in January that saw city staff recommend denial because the North Sycamore Specific Plan allows only a three-lot subdivision maximum.

The project is returning for formal commission consideration during an online-only meeting Wednesday night. The final decision would be made by the City Council, if the commission advances the proposal with its endorsement.

The Bringhurst family seeks city approval to amend the North Sycamore Specific Plan and the planned-unit development (PUD) plan to allow for a five-lot subdivision at their 3.28-acre property at 990 Sycamore Road, located near where Sycamore Road intersects with Alisal Street.

The proposal would create five lots overall, for four new houses and one lot with the existing house.

The specific plan, as written, allows for only three lots under a parcel subdivision. But at their Jan. 22 meeting, the commissioners said the landowner's proposal to add three lots on the north portion of Sycamore Road and two lots on the south side would be compatible with the current character of the neighborhood and lot-size pattern, according to city staff.

The commission majority did ask for more information and potential modifications as part of the final proposal.

According to city associate planner Jenny Soo, the applicant did agree to revise the building setback and overall square footage for all structures on one lot, as well as contribute $100,000 to the city as a public amenity for the proposed five-lot residential development -- the commission had suggested bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the area.

The commission on Wednesday will consider whether to make a formal recommendation that the council approve the application package. It includes amendments to the specific plan, rezoning part of the property from PUD-agricultural to PUD-medium density residential, a PUD development plan for the five-lot subdivision and a vesting tentative subdivision map.

The commission's meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 27), will be held online only via Zoom in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shelter-in-place guidelines. For instructions on how to view the meeting or submit a public comment to be considered, visit the agenda webpage.

Comments

john B
Happy Valley
on May 26, 2020 at 5:57 pm
john B, Happy Valley
on May 26, 2020 at 5:57 pm
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I want to ask the owner of this property to refer to SB 1120 law progressing in legislation, which provides any lot to split into two equal splits. Take three split what city is agreeing. Then divide each lot into two giving six. Here is the bill info
Web Link


Spudly
Laguna Oaks
on May 27, 2020 at 9:50 am
Spudly, Laguna Oaks
on May 27, 2020 at 9:50 am
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Somebody please tell me why an individual landowner should pay additional tax in this form? What provision in the state or federal constitution allows for this practice?

as well as contribute $100,000 to the city as a public amenity for the proposed five-lot residential development -- the commission had suggested bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the area.


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