Faria Preserve heading to San Ramon City Council

Councilman submits call for review, asks colleagues to look at planning commission's approval of new housing development

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.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

Water, Water everywhere but not enough for The Faria Project...or maybe I wrong...Who really cares. On one hand they complain about the shortage of WATER and I the other hand they build, build and build some more...

This is a perfect example of the leaders speaking out of both sides of their mouth and the weak side of brains...sorry what brain????

Thank for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I agree with Julia. Also, another example of bad urban planning, is the high density Park Central condo project now being built in San Ramon on Norris Canyon just west of Alcosta. This is an ultra high density development with little green space, shoe-horned into a small lot next to high tension power lines. A development like that does not belong in San Ramon. The San Ramon city council simply does not listen to residents that speak in front of council. The council appears to be an appendage of the company behind the Bishop Ranch Office Park, and the council doesn't give a hoot about residents quality of life.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

The ugly communist bloc-style structure you refer to resident is yet another Kracker Box Home project. It will be a wonderful day when K.B. packs up and leaves the Tri-Valley area.
The Bishop Ranch owners actually have a reasonably good reputation, but I agree with you - this project (if it is even within the B.R. boundary) should never have been approved.
As I post this there is already a story running about overcrowded schools & school expansion/boundary issues, and this problem is not going to get better until we replace every last politician/council member in San Ramon and Danville. As in, replace them with people who will sign a pledge to never take developer's campaign contributions.

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Posted by resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Well said Derek, I agree 100%.

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Posted by Bob P
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I think this "call for review" is a political ploy, and I doubt it will gain any traction at the council level. You may recall that Mr Sachs voted for the original Faria Project when he was on the Planning Commission. Political expediency sure makes one wobble a bit.

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Posted by Ms. bunny
a resident of San Ramon
on May 26, 2014 at 7:46 am

All just a reiteration of what I said earlier on Faria. The better part of the story? This is the last major parcel in SR. Nonetheless? It really needed to be decreased in size and scope. This next hearing? Just a mere formality passing the project as is (sigh) The deed is done!

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Posted by Sue
a resident of San Ramon
on May 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

I agree with all of previous posts today.......we have clearly been never been honored with the direction of intelligent growth SO MANY VOTERS have wanted for San Ramon in the past years :(:( Why do we stay? We are fortunate to have a large parcel away from the congestion ( until we drive into it ) under prop 13 :) So sad to see the potential we had years ago end up like this :( The good politicians don't seem to be able to make a difference.

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Posted by Anita
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Can't we make it bigger? Dublin is beating us!,,

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