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A breath of fresh air? Hurry and take it

Original post made on Oct 3, 2013

The East Pleasanton Specific Plan task force is moving forward with its "preferred plan," calling for retail, commercial and residential development on 400 acres of mostly vacant land on the city's east side that could include 2,279 new homes and apartments. The plan, accepted by the city's Planning Commission last month and scheduled to go to the City Council Oct. 15, would wrap up development of a 1,000-acre site north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on Stanley, a site that includes 600 acres of lakes controlled by Zone 7.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

And you wonder why the schools are, my, my.

Wake up folks...

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by local
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

The housing numbers are a joke and will keep going up every year until every inch of ground in California is covered by high-rise apartments.

The development in that area MUST put for all the infrastructure, including the needed schools. An alternative is to set up a Mello Roos district out there which can finance it.

The state law says we need to zone but it does not have to be built for
'affordable'/subsidized housing; we just cannot put unreasonable restrictions on a developer who wants to put in affordable housing. So we can zone this all with the requirement that it pays for all of the infrastructure and let the developers figure out how to get money from the state to finance the subsidized housing and build the needed roads, schools, sewer, and water. It is not our problem.

Of course the land owners and developers do not want to pay all the necessary fees for infrastructure. They want to make as much money as they can. However, it is not the business of government to make sure that every property owner is entitled to a profit. That land was never zoned or even talked about as having all that housing so it is not like we are taking anything away from those property owners.

Another option is for the city to de-annex that property. Let some other city figure out how to provide the schools and other infrastructure.

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Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Oct 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

My wife and I moved from Sunnyvale to Pleasanton in 1980. Pleasanton had a 1% growth moratorium at that time. When working people got on the road in Sunnyvale starting around 5:00 PM, traffic turned into gridlock in the real sense of the word. It was not unusual to sit at a light for 15 minutes. We were giddy living in the openess here and freely moving about. Seas of lowland grass, fresh air and beautiful oak filled hills. Commercial interests (largely realtors) hijacked the council, promoted unchecked growth under the guise that the money generated was necessary for a "healthy" community. Up next will be the necessity of hi-rise apartments for the necessity of "genuine affordable housing", which is necessary for a "healthy" community. In reality, Pleasanton is not much different than Sunnyvale or the dozens of other high growth communities spreading east.

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Posted by Livermore Flyer
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 4, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This area is exactly what I fly over several times a week when departing Livermore Municipal Airport. I cannot imagine the noise these people are going to hear once this area is developed and populated. Especially now that larger jets are leaving this airport with much more frequency.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

It's true the new development is in the flight path of Livermore Airport, but the new Stoneridge Dr road with the new pavement will make an excellent alternative landing place , ala San Jose.

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Posted by Hurry...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Yes, just hurry and build... Planning never leads to anything good.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Hotslide - so you moved away from that and are angry that other people did the exact same thing? I saw a guy on TV complain that too many people were moving from CA into Colorado and it needed to stop, turns out he moved from CA to CO a few years earlier

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:21 pm

"Planning never leads to anything good." - you say that in jest, but in reality you are actually more accurate than you know. An overall plan from the beginning usually works very well, but when the plan is reactionary to the whim of the residents than it can get ugly quickly.

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Posted by McDaddy
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Talk to Governor Jerry Brown and ABAG about the ridiculous amount of housing that needs to be built in Pleasanton. Remember? ABAG and Brown sued Pleasanton over our housing cap? When are the citizens going to wake up and stop letting liberal ideology stop ruling the day in Sacramento. As Pleasanton goes so does the state of CA.