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Commission: Faria Preserve will happen

Commissioners to determine if project near Danville meets San Ramon city guidelines

It's not a question of whether development of a large parcel of land in northwest San Ramon will happen, but a question about what that development will look like.

That's according to San Ramon Planning Commission members at the most recent hearing on the Faria Preserve. Ten people turned out to the second public hearing on the development proposed just outside Danville.

The Faria Preserve is currently planned as a 740-unit community development that includes five neighborhoods with single-family homes, town homes, apartments and senior housing, along with plans for a church, park and educational facility.

Faria has sparked strong opposition from those who live in the area. At the Dec. 24 planning commission hearing, Ron Smith presented the commissioners with a petition with 137 signatures, about 56% of Thomas Ranch residents, who are opposed to the development.

Those in Thomas Ranch are concerned about the location of the apartments, currently planned for the southwest side of the 440-acre site. They're also worried about the impact on traffic and lighting in the area planned as park of the development.

Residents say they're concerned the project could reduce property values. They're also worried about the impact of the Faria Preserve on local schools. Planning Commissioner Donna Kerger noted that's an issue for the school district, and by law, school overcrowding is not to be considered by city officials during the planning process.

Commissioner Dennis Viers noted that other iterations of the project have been approved. Commission Chairman Eric Wallis said the project approval is not a question of whether it will be built but whether the plan is consistent with the city's Northwest Specific Plan and its General Plan.

The planning commission and local residents may soon get a better idea of exactly what the development will look like. A three-dimensional model is being prepared by the developer, Lafferty Communities.

Current plans call for the project to be built in three phases, with a large area of the ridge line to be leveled and one waterway to be diverted.

A recent traffic analysis at 12 intersections showed nearly 6,500 vehicles currently drive the area daily, with 523 vehicles traveling during the peak morning commute and 662 at peak evening hours. The intersections in the study include those on Deerwood Road, San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Crow Canyon Road.

At least four more public hearings are planned in January and February. The next public hearing is set for Jan. 7. Public comments on the environmental impact will be taken through Jan. 6.

Comments

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Dec 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

hey you folks in Danville...it appears you have a great city neighbor to the South of you...You taught them well....Build, Build and Build some more..

Keep building until there is know where else to build.

And then complain about over building...but the self serving fools that approved all this building will be gone from office and on they way out they only give you the highway salute.

MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HOLIDAY which ever you prefer...

You do know the Santa Claus myth destroyed the true meaning of CHRISTMAS.
Just something to think about.

Thank you for listening, this is a real Julia Pardini from Alamo


Posted by Realist, a resident of Danville
on Dec 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

If people are serious about opposing the plan, they had better hire traffic experts and water experts, possibly a biologist, plus an attorney to check for consistency with the general plan and the California Environmental Quality Act. Otherwise, the opponents are wasting their breath and time. Don't let the City and its politicians fool you into "waiting for the draft EIR to come out". By then it is WAY too late to do anything to legally challenge the project.


Posted by MJ, a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Why is Julia of Alamo sprouting off about a planned development in San Ramon? I live close by and will be impacted, but not as much as those in Thomas Ranch. And Julia, why should Danville folks care?
Anyway,Julia, I feel sorry for you that you wouldn't have anything better to do on Christmas then insult others.


Posted by Frankly, a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

The hidden bottom line is MONEY.

More houses more property tax rolling into town.

More money pitted against "RIGHTS" to build, community will always lose.

So the front line is the town council persons who see more chances to use more money to impress more people for more votes.

Vicious circle??

Sure does seem so!!!


Posted by Norm Stanley, a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hey go easy on Julia Pardini, everyone. She OBVIOUSLY would educate herself on local politics and society, go out campaigning, and make an actual difference in her community, but unfortunately the men in white shirts won't let her out of the home for more than an hour a day. So alas, she's trapped on these forums.

Also, there'd be no point in going outside since the CIA would read her mind as soon as she set foot outside the door, then send in the Illuminati-trained Seal Team 7 to replace all her WASP neighbors with brown-skinned people.


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