The proposed Faria Preserve residential development is now expected to come before the San Ramon City Council this summer after one councilman asked for a review of the planning commission's approval of the project.
"The Faria project, with its size, scope and environmental impacts, warrants such a review by the council," Councilman Harry Sachs wrote in a formal call for review last week.
The San Ramon Planning Commission's unanimous endorsement earlier this month would have represented the city's final decision on the new 740-home neighborhood, unless an appeal were filed by a citizen or a council member requested a review of the project, according to Cindy Yee, city associate planner.
No appeals were filed within the appeal window, but Sachs submitted a call for review on May 15. City staff anticipates the council will discuss Faria Preserve at its July 8 meeting, according to Yee.
The proposal, from developer Lafferty Communities, would add new single-family residences, town houses, condominiums, apartments and senior housing on approximately 286.5 acres near Deerwood and Bollinger Canyon roads in northwestern San Ramon. Also included in the plans are a community park, church and educational facility.
"It is noted that the environmental impacts of the project area include a General Plan assertion that the project area resides in a 'high landslide' area designation," Sachs argued. "It is also noted that a previous version of this project was denied by a state regulatory agency with their findings citing, in part, environmental impacts to creeks, wetlands and natural habitat areas."
The planning commission, at its May 6 meeting (the eighth public hearing it held on the Lafferty proposal), voted to approve a major subdivision, development plan amendment, environmental findings and architectural review for the project.