The 1996 General Plan states: "Maintain a maximum housing buildout of 29,000 housing units within the planning area. Monitor and zone future residential developments so as not to exceed the maximum housing buildout." As we are approaching our voter-approved 29,000-unit housing cap, the mayor and two city councilmembers are now discussing not counting certain housing units toward our housing cap. Hundreds of housing units are involved in their discussions. Since the mayor and the two councilmembers represent a majority of the council, their three votes can determine what is counted toward the cap and what is not. The council majority should not have the "flexibility" to override what the residents of Pleasanton approved overwhelmingly (75 percent) in 1996, the housing cap of 29,000 housing units.
The voter-mandated housing cap of 29,000 units was used to plan our infrastructure. Exceeding the housing cap will affect the whole community with overcrowded schools, more traffic congestion and stress on water supplies. The city roadway system, schools, water and sewer systems were not designed to accommodate more than 29,000 housing units in our city. Even our school district superintendent recently stated that "all bets are off" in providing school facilities if we exceed the 29,000-unit housing cap.
Here is the answer: A citizens committee of current and previously elected officials, planning professionals, trails and open space advocates, and concerned residents wrote and qualified Measure PP for this November ballot. Actually, more than 5,000 Pleasanton residents signed the petition to put Measure PP on the ballot. The citizens want to eliminate loopholes in the voter-approved housing cap by defining a housing unit identical to the State of California and the federal government definition. The citizens want to provide an ordinance to protect our ridgelines as directed in our General Plan.
Vote "yes" on Measure PP. Vote "no" on Measure QQ, the poison pill measure that would kill Measure PP even if passed by a majority of voters. Measure PP immediately preserves the ridgelines and protects the housing cap. For more information on Measure PP, visit www.SavePleasantonHills.com.
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