After seeing the property, I saw how many acres of woodland (including Oaks) wood be preserved. I also saw how the current homes already dot the hillside (some particularly out-of-scale and unattractive Grey Eagle homes). Several of the Kottinger Ranch Homes already creep up the hillside at a similar elevation as the proposed homes.
The proposed home sites are well sited within the property with attention paid to preserving hillside views (limiting some homes to single story only). Limiting homes to tree-line height was also mentioned. The grading proposed is less than that required in the Kottinger Ranch Stage 3 development. When you view the property you can see for yourself how the development will fit into the surrounding homes.
The gem being proposed is the parkland (496 acres) high above the proposed homes. It truly is a magnificent site that is being proposed and I feel that everyone should have the opportunity to view it and decide for themselves. If you care about this town, do your homework and view the entire property (not just the Hearst Dr. cul-de-sac). That way you can at least make an INFORMED decision about how to vote.
If you plan on casting a vote ( Yes or No on D), do your homework first and take the time to sign up for a tour using the website www.oakgrovepleasanton.com. There are no pressure tactics and feel free to bring your questions too.