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Commission endorses east side, housing policy, Merritt property for city's priority list

Original post made on Mar 5, 2019

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has recommended five land-use and planning topics for the city's two-year work plan, urging the City Council to feature those programs in the final list when confirmed in the weeks ahead.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm

It was about a dozen or more years ago that voters turned down the Walnut farm development. It now looks like it is called the Merritt property.

That previous proposal turned down by the voters also included enhanced Foothill Road improvements along with other enhancements.

This proposal would also make Edgewood Way a through road into the Walnut Farm (Merritt Property) from Muirwood Drive South which I oppose.

Foothill Highschool traffic is already horandous two hours every day. This development would add to that horandous traffic.

Why does it take a development to improve Foothill Road?
Why dosen't the city or county just improve the Foorhill Road without all the BS?

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 5, 2019 at 8:21 pm

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Because they used our property taxes to pay for pensions and use developer fees for improvements our taxes are supposed to cover

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Posted by CWM
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

It is called The Merritt Property because it is the land owners name who were here long before any of us and I’ve been here 50 years. The property was always designed for residential housing in the general plan since Foothill Farms was developed in the 1960’s. Fernwood and Eastwood are called “Ways” and not “Courts” since they were designed to provide access to the Merritt property off of Muirwood Dr. and as each deadends into the property. It is the Johnny come lately selfish people that say “I have mine, screw everyone else” that is trying to dictate housing policy. When people moved into the Foothill Farms neighborhood it was not a secret that the Merritt property was to be developed into a residential neighborhood. In fact there are already two infill projects in that particular area, the homes on the north side of Muirwood Dr across from the original Foothill Farms as well most of the homes from Lemonwood to W. Las Positas. Just think, if the people from the 70 & 80’s were as selfish as the people today you may not have a nice home to live in.

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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

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That property was a walnut orchard in ancient times. One way to improve Foothill other than building on this property is to finally extend the dead end little streets from the two areas touching the property so kids can walk and bike and yes drive to school with an alternative to the busy Foothill. Residents always protest extending streets when they move in even though it’s been planned long before and they were given disclosures. That is what is screwing up traffic flow by putting all cars on a few big streets.
Senior for sale homes makes sense because retirees don’t drive at commute times or crowd other neighbors dropping off and picking up kids.

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Posted by Kristin
a resident of Verona
on Mar 7, 2019 at 3:47 pm

The way I see this, after 20+ years the Merritt property owners are emerging with new found concern for their Foothill neighbors. Their concern is holding their safety hostage and dangling a carrot of new development, or they won't budge with a safer bike and walking path on Foothill.

I hope city leaders are not so gullible to fall for this. If the Merritt family cared about their neighbors or about their safety, they would open up the pathways and work on the property development separately.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm

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Kristin, are you saying the neighbors want to hold the stick and carrot — build the pathways first . . . with no guarantee of allowing them to develop? It seems collaboration is necessary to get the safer pathways and the development at the same time. Should the city have built those bike and walking paths on Foothill or does the necessary land belong to the Merritts (genuine question; I don’t have the answer)? Foothills has been unsafe for forever; it just seems the city should have addressed that part years ago.

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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 7, 2019 at 9:29 pm

I think you have it backward. The family has owned and lived on that land long before all the development occurred in that area especially and including all the houses along Foothill Road. Why would they let the City take their property to straighten out Foothill Rd and put the street close to their homes, and that’s assuming the City ever offered them any compensation. At this point, let that family build on their land which is surrounded by houses. What a bunch of next door hypocrites. Many of those opposing neighbors actually trespass and put their gardens, rabbit hutches and BMX courses on the Merritt property without permission taking advantage, and selfishly want their open space views forever. If Foothill Road is to be improved, let the Merritt family finally be able to enjoy some peace and property rights which are so taken for granted by the entitled.