The council's 10 goals and objectives beyond Bernal are:
Implementation of the General Plan. Pleasanton must complete a Climate Action Plan and meet a jobs-housing balance both to fulfill its recently adopted General Plan and to meet state requirements. That means completing the Housing Element that shows the city has rezoned enough acreage to accommodate workforce and affordable housing targets. This effort will also mark the start of developing an East Side Specific Plan to cover future development on quarry lands and other industrial sites north of Valley Avenue at Stanley Boulevard.
Fiscal Sustainability. Once the Housing Element plan is accepted by the state, a long-term fiscal analysis will get under way to make sure the city's maintenance and service levels stay at their current high levels both for those now living in Pleasanton as well as the more than 3,000 who will move into the new housing that will be built to accommodate them.
Affordable Housing. With land now rezoned in the Hacienda Business Park for high density housing and more sites to be rezoned by year's end to satisfy a court order, Pleasanton planners will next be working with developers who want to build on these sites to make sure they meet Pleasanton standards and will adequately serve the young couples and singles who move here. That will include retail sites and possibly new schools to meet the needs of these new communities.
Among other City Council priorities for 2011-12 are measures that it believes will continue enhancing Pleasanton's quality of life, including enlarging Lions Wayside Park and new parks on Staples Ranch, working with the Pleasanton Heritage Association to establish preservation guidelines, and developing business incentives and nighttime entertainment allowance in accord with new proposals by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.
The council's decision to pull back on major capital improvement programs to focus on strategic planning for current and future needs is welcome news for taxpayers who see neighboring cities running out of money and cutting back on services. So far, fiscal prudence has kept Pleasanton in a strong financial position that the City Council's action continues, at least for the next two years.
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