With several thousand new units of housing being assigned to Pleasanton's sixth cycle Housing Element update, city officials are encouraging residents to weigh in about potential housing development sites at an online community meeting on Wednesday.
A preliminary inventory list of those sites will be presented for review and discussion at the Dec. 1 meeting, which will be live streamed on Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. Though required to identify sites for future housing development, the city is not obligated to construct any new housing units.
"Based on review of existing sites and capacity, there is a need to identify additional locations within the city for rezoning to allow residential use, including sites suitable for both lower income and market-rate housing," city officials said in a statement last week.
In order to meet the city's mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) of 5,965 new units for the 2023-31 Housing Element, the Pleasanton City Council and Planning Commission along with city staff identified a total of 28 sites that are potentially suitable for rezoning or inclusion in the sites inventory over the past year.
More than half the locations on the site inventory are flagged for high-density development, including the Stoneridge Shopping Center, Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, Hacienda Terrace, Metro 580 and SteelWave sites. Among those designated low/medium density are the Lester site, as well as a property owned by the Pleasanton Unified School District in southeastern Pleasanton on Vineyard Avenue.
Residents are encouraged to participate in Wednesday's meeting, and other upcoming meetings as well. Officials said that "not all of these sites will be necessary to rezone to meet the city’s RHNA obligation," and that the final list of sites adopted will be "narrowed and refined through the review process."
The City Council and Planning Commission will also meet to discuss the list during public meetings next month and in January. Sites that are initially recommended by the council for inclusion in the inventory will be rolled into the Housing Element's mandatory environmental impact report (EIR) for next year. The final Housing Element and sites inventory is expected to be adopted in about a year.
For information on the community meeting Wednesday including a meeting link, as well as to sign up for notifications on all Housing Element meetings and events, visit PleasantonHousingElement.com. Visitors can also review a summary and analysis of each site under consideration, as well as an estimate of density and potential capacity.