"At Gibraltar and Hacienda it was recommended to have at least 5,000 square feet of retail and then live-work units along the streets," Planning Commission Chairman Kathy Narum said after the meeting. "We recommended removing the retail and the live-work. That doesn't mean a developer couldn't do it but we recommended not requiring it."
The commissioners recognize that the Hacienda plan is meant to advance transit-oriented development so people living there would not be dependent on cars, Narum noted, but said there is a lot of retail space just across the freeway in Dublin that is not doing well.
"I think we had a good discussion. We had a lot of comments from people in the audience," Narum said.
Becky Dennis, founder of Citizens for a Caring Community, a local fair housing group, and task force member Valerie Arkin both spoke against the commission's recommendation.
The 21-member Hacienda Task Force worked for almost one year to draft guidelines for lively, pedestrian-oriented, mixed use development on sites near the BART station. The development plan goes to the City Council at a workshop on Feb. 8, then before the council at its Feb. 15 meeting.
The guidelines for Hacienda must be adopted by March 1 to meet the state's affordable housing requirements, per an order by Alameda County Superior Court that ruled Pleasanton's 29,000-unit housing cap, approved by voters in 1996, was illegal.
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