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East Pleasanton Specific Plan decision postponed again

Original post made on Feb 21, 2020

The City Council again delayed making a final decision on restarting the East Pleasanton Specific Plan, opting to hold off until next month rather than deliberate after midnight Wednesday morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 4:13 PM

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18 people like this
Posted by Who's in Charge-No the City!
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 21, 2020 at 8:44 am

Ponderosa is licking their chops at the idea of planning 1000 acres of land in Pleasanton. According to the article, their Vice President has been pushing the plan around town and the city manager is clueless! It is time to ask the question, "Who is in charge of this project?" Clearly it is not the City!

And some on the council can't wait, even after midnight, to let Ponderosa take the lead. Something stinks -big time- on this project- and it hasn't even started.


17 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One thing is certain, the city manager is not clueless on this topic.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Dear Who is in Charge, the process started over 5 years and resulted in a draft East Pleasanton Specific Plan put together by a task force of residents along with a major property owner over an approx two year period. A major land owner was part of that process in providing infrastructure funding sources along with economic data. We live next to this planning area and want other uses instead of industrial and a garbage transfer station. So, let’s get on with the process. A concept plan from Ponderosa is welcome as a starting point for residents to weigh in on.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2020 at 2:02 pm

Kathleen, not sure what you are implying about the City Manager. I’m sure he is well aware of Staff, Ponderosa and resident positions and is advising the City Council which is his responsibility. Since the City has an agreement with the garbage company and relies on Busch for its Operations Facility, their are stakeholders as well in this process


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm

David, responding to first poster on the thread.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Kathleen, still not clear on your post. Are you saying the City Manager is managing the process to the extent of foregoing the resident input?


6 people like this
Posted by ARD
a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm

It is very curious how this plan is being laid out. There are clearly multiple stakeholders with vested interest. And as usual we tend to talk about housing but not its impacts on the rest of the community -traffic, people, nature etc etc.

Any step by corporation is going to have its vested interest -and that is expected and OK. As a city, we need to have a principled approach to where we want the city to be in the next 30 years , what we want to prioritize and when. Otherwise, other vested interests will continue to set the agenda and then it is hard to debate on principles


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2020 at 5:12 pm

ARD, correct , however development professionals need input too to avoid a plan that is not viable due to land costs, infrastructure costs, etc. A comprehensive process inclusive of all stakeholders is needed. I must say, we have lived here for decades but many residents in our opinion come and go to other cities to upscale or downsize, job relocate, etc. In other words, live here for shorter periods and leave.


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Posted by kmary1
a resident of Ironwood
on Mar 2, 2020 at 9:54 am

We went through this process on the East Side 8 years ago. It was stopped short due to the drought and because we had met our housing obligation. The first rule of business for that task force was to insure the infrastructure would be in place for any new development. I suspect the Planning Commission, leading this process, will do the same.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 2, 2020 at 11:01 am

David, this is pretty simple. The first posted stated: “and the city manager is clueless!” I am saying the city manager is not clueless.


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