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San Ramon commission to debate SAT prep center, religious meeting space

Pair of alternative-energy projects also on tap for city planners

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider proposals to bring an SAT tutoring business and a religious-meeting facility available for weekend services to a commercial center along Alcosta Boulevard on Tuesday evening.

Walnut Creek-based Nearon Sunset, LLC, wants permission to bring the two prospective tenants' operations to its Sunset Business Park at the corner of Alcosta and Crow Canyon Road.

The SAT test preparation business, at 12945 Alcosta Blvd., would be open seven days a week and could house up to 10 employees and 68 students under the proposal, according to city assistant planner Ryan Driscoll. It would start out filling 3,889 square feet before expanding to the full 6,405-square-foot space.

At 12947 Alcosta Blvd., the space would be used as a religious meeting facility to house up to 150 people for weekend-only services, in addition to administrative office hours during the week.

Both operations would be located next to each other on the second floor of the existing Alcosta Boulevard building, near the Post Office.

Nearon Sunset is also requesting an exception from San Ramon's parking regulations to allow 699 parking spaces at the business park overall, 38 fewer than required by the city in light of the proposed new operations, according to Driscoll.

City staff recommends the commission receive the staff report Tuesday evening, open the public hearing and hear citizen input before considering whether to vote on a resolution approving the projects.

The commission meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.

In other business

* Commissioners will debate approval of a proposed hydrogen fueling station at 2451 Bishop Drive, located on the northern part of Bishop Ranch property currently leased by Toyota.

The refueling station would be unstaffed, open to the public and operated by The Linde Group, a New Jersey-based energy company.

"Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles -- zero-emission vehicles -- convert hydrogen gas fuel into electricity to power an electric motor that propels the vehicle," senior city planner Lauren Barr wrote in her staff report. "The fuel cell vehicles operate much like an electric vehicle; however they are not constrained by battery vehicle recharge times and have a greater range."

All unstaffed public fuel stations were banned under city code in 2010, but the City Council last week gave final approval to an ordinance allowing unattended service stations for alternative fuels contingent upon land-use permit approval and based upon the project's specific conditions and merits.

Those rules are set to take effect at the end of this month.

The hydrogen station would be located adjacent to an existing Toyota warehouse facility and positioned near the south side of Norris Canyon Road. The proposal considers the possibility of a hydrogen line to warehouse to support future hydrogen-powered equipment, such as forklifts, according to Barr.

* The commission will also weigh a proposal from Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy to install one 200 kilowatt fuel-cell-powered cogeneration unit behind The Home Depot at 2750 Crow Canyon Road for the store's on-site use.

The energy system -- which would measure 4.5 feet wide, 7 feet tall and 30 feet long -- would generate electricity from natural gas without combustion, city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto wrote in a staff report.

Tsukamoto said there would be no detrimental health and safety effects and no noise impact to adjacent residents above the city's maximum allowable limit of 65 decibels.

City planning officials recommend the commission hear the staff report, open the public hearing and take citizen input before deliberating about the proposal and considering a resolution to endorse the project.

If approved, it would be the second such system in the city, following a system five-times larger approved in 2011 for the AT&T campus on Camino Ramon, Tsukamoto said.

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