The City of Planned Progress
Thanks for taking a look at our aspirations for East Pleasanton. We hope it gives you an idea of what East Pleasanton can be and what everyone has been thinking about as the project has come along. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or just plain good ideas.
The Site Today
The land is currently zoned primarily for heavy industrial use with some agriculture and residential zones. But rather than build a potentially water-intensive industrial facility, we think Pleasanton deserves better. We want to create, with your help, a beautiful, functional, complementary extension of the existing Pleasanton community.
Current Industrial Area and Vacant Land,
A task force made of community members and landowners was appointed by the City in 2012 to work on an East Side specific plan when the city was rushing to meet new state-required housing demands. Now, we think it’s a great time to build upon their great work.
Pleasanton is the ‘City of Planned Progress.’ We don’t make important decisions without careful consideration. We seek broad input. We look at long-term implications and short-term impacts. Planning properly is finding the sweet spot between a community’s current wants and needs balanced against future projected ones. Add to this the fact that as one of 482 incorporated cities in California, we are obligated (like it or not) to participate in the state’s overall planning process, and you start to understand the challenges we face and the importance of getting it right.”
Mayor Jerry Thorne
We don’t make important decisions without careful consideration, which is why we’ve been talking with residents and city council since 2012. Here are some common questions and concerns we’ve heard (click to expand):
We get it. You don’t want to grow rapidly like some of your neighboring cities. This is why we’ve restricted our development plans to single-family residences within the city’s Growth Management Ordinance. The development will be built in phases over 10-15 years to gradually allow for more friends and loved ones to stay in the community.
Within Pleasanton’s labor force is a concentration of early career workers between 25-34 years old who are important for a company’s workforce recruitment and retention strategies. However, very few housing options are within reach of this demographic, which could be why this segment of Pleasanton’s population is shrinking. Without some improvements in this area, the local economy will be threatened as young talent moves elsewhere.
Downtown Pleasanton represents the heart of the city. We understand there is a deep-rooted desire to support these local businesses; however, we have also heard from the business owners that downtown rent is not cheap and there is concern about remaining profitable. Putting residents within a mile of their businesses will only complement and strengthen the existing downtown core. The plan provides for great economic opportunity for downtown Pleasanton businesses owners, which in turns supports a healthy economic future for the City.
In addition to the land allotted for a new elementary school, this project will generate millions in school fees to improve schools city-wide.
Based on our initial traffic and density studies, much of the existing congestion is due to cut-through traffic. Our plans will actually reduce this through the construction of El Charro Road connecting Stoneridge to Busch, reducing current congestion on Santa Rita Road. Additionally, the development will include “Complete Streets” to improve safety and encourage biking and walking, and new neighborhood street grids will better disperse all traffic.
Most importantly, the plan we’ve developed since the specific plan has lower densities and less intensive uses and significantly reduces traffic impacts (while keeping all the infrastructure improvement obligations!)
Pleasanton currently is lopsidedly jobs rich, meaning there are approximately 2 jobs for every household. This imbalance requires many people to commute from other towns, adding to highway congestion and air pollution. Our plan moves to restore the balance, which in turn better distributes traffic. Additionally, the residents of the new development will be able to access the highway without cutting through downtown Pleasanton, and will also be close enough to downtown to be able to make use of the complete streets to walk or bike downtown.
Us too. Which is why we’ve spent three years and over $4 million on environmental cleanup. We are committed to doing this the right way. If you’d like a copy of the Environmental Impact Report that was published in connection with the site, please contact us.
Water is a long-term issue, which is why we’ve taken steps to reduce overall water usage. In fact, when the project is complete, we will actually have a positive net impact on Pleasanton’s existing water demand. This is in part due to:
- Our fixture replacement program
- New homes use 50% less water than traditional homes
- Construction of additional recycled water infrastructure.
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Torti Gallas and Partners was established in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1953. Today, with offices in Silver Spring, Los Angeles and Istanbul, the firm is one of the largest planning and architectural firms in the United States solely dedicated to the principles of the New Urbanism. The firm has designed over 450,000 residential units and planned over 1,000 residential and mixed-use communities. Torti Gallas has been the recipient of over 400 international, national, and local design awards for planning and design by such prestigious groups as the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the National Association of Home Builders.
Carducci & Associates, Inc., founded in 1976, is a professional landscape architecture and planning firm in San Francisco serving public sector, educational, athletic, institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential clients throughout California in the areas of landscape architecture, planning, urban design, irrigation, and water management.
Kier & Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors, Inc. has provided comprehensive civil engineering and land surveying services to both public and private sector clients since 1972. Civil engineering services include land planning, street and highway design, municipal consultation, utility engineering, and the preparation of civil engineering plans for residential, commercial and industrial site developments. Land surveying services include ALTA surveys, boundary and topographic surveys, subdivision mapping, monitoring surveys and construction staking. Kier & Wright has offices located in the cities of Santa Clara and Livermore.
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities, recognizing that transportation is not an end in itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living. Founded by two women in 1987, Nelson\Nygaard has grown from its roots in transit planning to a 100-person, full-service transportation firm with offices across the United States.
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP was founded in Los Angeles in 1968, with the goal of providing superior and comprehensive legal services to businesses, institutions, and individuals in all aspects of the real estate, finance, and construction industries. Cox, Castle & Nicholson is now one of the largest full-service law firms specializing in real estate in the United States, and has over 120 transactional and litigation attorneys in our Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco offices. Cox Castle Nicholson partner Clark Morrison has more than 25 years of experience in the permitting and development of large and controversial projects, and whose areas of experience include all California laws affecting the development of real property. He is also recognized nationally for his concentration in federal endangered species, wetlands, public lands, and other natural resource laws, and works on the largest habitat conservation planning efforts in the western United States.
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