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Pleasanton council passes active ground-floor use policy

Original post made on Oct 1, 2021

Businesses occupying ground-floor units on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton will now be required to have fully 'active' uses after the Pleasanton City Council voted 3-2 to modify the Downtown Specific Plan last week.

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Posted by Robertbush81
a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 1, 2021 at 10:22 am

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I am all for active use but how is it legal to mandate it? If you really want more people hanging out in downtown figure out how to draw families downtown. I'd say some fast casual dining options, perhaps studying ways to increase pedestrian/cyclist traffic, bring back the Goodguys car parade, others might choke on this but increase housing near downtown, an arcade type business, another hotel in downtown. The list goes on....


Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Oct 1, 2021 at 10:45 am

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I think Pleasanton needs to look at downtown Danville to see how things should be done!


Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 1, 2021 at 12:06 pm

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Why put more regulations and restrictions into the downtown when finding workers is difficult. Business owners have had such a tough time over the past two years. I think councilmembers who are not business owners or have never been employed should not be making these decisions.


Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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Why put more regulations and restrictions into the downtown when finding workers is difficult to do. Business owners have had such a tough time over the past two years.


Posted by Another fact checker
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 1, 2021 at 7:24 pm

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Thank you to the Council majority for supporting the intent of the DSP for ground floor active use on Main Street to improve vitality. You helped eliminate a loophole that would have hurt our downtown as the Planning Commission and staff noted. The narrative that Council member Balch cited about preventing vacancies is not based on fact. The fact is that Every one of the 13 vacant buildings on Main Street has been vacant more than 6 months and ANY business could have gone in. This policy would not change that. Giving restaurants and vibrant retailers a first shot the fist 6 months of a vacancy is more than fair. If realtors, title companies, ands banks take over Main Street our residents and visitors will lose.


Posted by 50 Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 2, 2021 at 9:37 am

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Is this the type of thing Livermore did to turn their Downtown around?


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