San Ramon commission again set to weigh SAT prep center, religious facility

Interviews for Housing Advisory Committee also on tap

The San Ramon Planning Commission is scheduled Tuesday to debate proposals from a property owner to bring an SAT tutoring business and a religious-meeting facility available for weekend services to the Sunset Business Park at the corner of Alcosta Boulevard and Crow Canyon Road.

The two-pronged application was on the commission's agenda twice in November, but each time applicant Nearon Sunset, LLC, asked that the public hearing be postponed to allow additional review time, city assistant planner Ryan Driscoll wrote in his staff report to the commissoners.

The full hearing is expected to get underway Tuesday evening at San Ramon City Hall.

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

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 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.

Specific tenants have not been determined, but the property owner is negotiating with prospective occupants, Driscoll said.

Nearon Sunset, which is based in Walnut Creek, 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 conduct a public hearing Tuesday before choosing whether to approve the projects or provide other direction to city staff and the applicant. The commission's discussion is set to begin at 7 p.m. at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.

In other business, the commissioners will gather for a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. to interview applicants for the Housing Advisory Committee. They will then consider making an appointment to the committee.

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