This summer the City surveyed its residents who confirmed that the #1 concern is too much growth and development in Pleasanton. However, in the midst of a drought and with 1700 residences already being built or approved, developers are not giving up and are still pushing for more development and a change to the City's General Plan.
The Planning Commission (3:2 vote) recently approved a proposal to amend Pleasanton’s main planning document, the General Plan, in order to rezone 4.23 acres of 6.22 acres owned by Centerpointe Church at the corner of Valley and Busch, and approve 27 new homes which will surround a small Montessori private school. The Pleasanton City Planning Staff report noted there were many concerns with the plan's design including the removal of 54 trees, limited open space, the large size of the homes to the lot sizes. None of these residences is needed to meet the RHNA requirements of workforce housing. This project is also very close to the massive 345 unit Auf der Maur apartment complex located at Valley Avenue and Stanley Boulevard and which is currently under construction.
In the past, Ponderosa developed 300+ homes between Valley Avenue and Mohr. The “Public and Institutional” zoning where a large church and private school are located was negotiated as an important part of our community’s infrastructure and one of the reasons the original housing project was approved by the community leaders. Should the 4.23-acre portion be zoned Medium Density Residential, we will lose one of the few areas zoned for churches, public and private schools or community facilities. This change in zoning is the beginning of more proposed "infill" housing projects that will erode other areas similarly zoned as community facilities that is needed for our growing community.
The people of Pleasanton deserve a better balance of land use. As the survey showed, we want to stop housing that is not required. This latest Ponderosa project needs a “NO” vote.
Please let your City Leaders know we don't want a new housing project at the City Council Meeting, on OCTOBER 6, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. or EMAIL them at: [email protected]