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Pleasanton: Commission supports new penalties to protect historic buildings

Original post made on Nov 26, 2019

The city is close to confirming new regulations to create strict penalties for unauthorized demolition or alterations of buildings designated as historic in Pleasanton.

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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Nov 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm

So sad this happened to this house. You cannot recreate history

7 people like this
Posted by skynet
a resident of Mission Park
on Nov 26, 2019 at 7:19 pm

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Property rights are over rated.

3 people like this
Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 27, 2019 at 8:57 am

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It's long been known in town, that "it's better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission." Their policies and attitudes are so restrictive that people just do what they want to do, and the city never goes back and makes them remove structures, repaint buildings, or replace trees.

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Posted by been there
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 27, 2019 at 10:39 am

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I applaud anyone who owns a really old house for having the stamina and really deep pockets to take on and maintain such a monumental project. With the seismic and life-safety codes, including fire protection being as strict as they are currently, there will be very few people who can afford to buy and maintain any historic house/structure.

With new punitive rules in place, the existing historic houses will likely fall into disrepair and become devalued as time goes on, if feasible and affordable renovations are not allowed. So many times when the old building is "opened up" and the foundation and core structure is revealed, the owner has few options other than remove and replace in order to meet current codes and standards. Let's be sure we have our priorities straight before punitive measures are made an ordinance.

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Posted by Ian
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Nov 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

This is silly. Buildings exist to serve people, not the other way around. Let owners do what they want with the property they worked hard to pay for. If the city or any group of busybodies is so interested in preserving history, let them buy a historic home and maintain it.

5 people like this
Posted by been there
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Let me tell you that the the Planning Commission is beyond ignorant. Try and build a state of the art green house and you'll go broke trying to get the building permits approved. I know. They want old moldy falling down houses with space to tie a horse in front to bring back the good old days of horse drawn excrement in the streets. Appallingly ignorant people who have the power to destroy you, that's the building department. Do yourself a favor and build somewhere else, or build the house they want you to build. Because you will NEVER be able to build the house you want to build in pleasanton. My experience with these people was beyond insulting.

4 people like this
Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm

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Nothing in this town is going to become devalued over time. That’s fantasy.

Historic preservation rules exist for a reason. You may not agree with the reason. You may think the people who enforce the rules are no good at it. You may find the whole thing draconian. Nevertheless, the rules exist and there are people lining up to move into those districts and play by those rules.

And if they are going to create rules, they have to enforce them. It’s worse to have rules that are not fully enforced than no rules at all.

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Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

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Grumpy... Ridiculous rules are hard to enforce and they are hard to convince people to follow. It's like the Seinfeld episode at the rental car counter, "You're good at taking the reservation, just not HOLDING the reservation... And isn't the HOLDING the most important part?"
I had a tree issue several years ago. I followed all their rules, hired and arborist, the most reputable tree company and barely got to trim the things up. It cost me thousands and I got very little from the entire effort. Two years later my neighbor chopped the damned things down and got fined $1,800, which to date he's never paid.
Rules need to make sense and they need to be enforced, hard to do one without the other.

5 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 1, 2019 at 1:33 pm

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Trees are magical in Pleasanton. The city makes it hard to trim or remove them, but when the roots destroy the sidewalks or roadways then the city has no money for the least in my neighborhood or on West Las Positas.

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