The San Ramon City Council is set to continue its public hearing on the Faria Preserve development project this Monday (Aug. 4).
The new residential development proposed for Faria Preserve would include single-family homes, town houses, condominiums, apartments and senior housing totaling 740 dwelling units. A community park, church and educational facility are also in the plans.
The project property occupies approximately 286.5 acres near Deerwood and Bollinger Canyon roads in northwestern San Ramon.
The San Ramon Planning Commission unanimously approved the project in May, which would have been the final decision if Councilman Harry Sachs had not filed a call for council review of the project.
Sachs expressed concern about the environmental impacts the project would have by being built in a high landslide area. He also questioned whether the development would receive state regulatory agency approval because a previous version of the project was denied due to environmental effects on creeks, wetlands and natural habitats.
The project was discussed most recently during the city council's packed July 8 meeting.
Representatives from the development company, Lafferty Communities, gave a presentation outlining the project's history and recent updates to the plans, which they argue reduce the project's environmental impacts to "less-than-significant" level.
In addition to the issues Sachs raised, community members brought up matters regarding traffic mitigation, effects on schools, water service and how the development would change the quality of life for San Ramon residents.
At the end of the July 8 discussion, the council asked the city planning staff to revisit five issues: impacts to Interstate 680 on- and off-ramps at Bollinger Canyon Road, a proposed off-site walkway, senior housing, traffic study estimates for the area during commute hours and ways to reduce negative creek impacts.
The council is set to continue its public hearing on the project on Monday (Aug. 4) at 7 p.m. in the council chambers located at 2222 Camino Ramon in San Ramon.