San Ramon commission to talk more Dougherty Valley annexation

City eyes prezoning of 44-acre site near Quail Run Elementary

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set Tuesday to discuss paving the way for another section of the Dougherty Valley to be annexed from the county's jurisdiction into the city.

City planning officials recommend the commission support prezoning nearly 44 acres in central Dougherty Valley that is currently within unincorporated Contra Costa County.

"As a prerequisite to facilitate annexation to the city, the area must be prezoned by the city for the designated land use. Upon approval, this will be the 17th prezone and annexation of Dougherty Valley," city assistant planner Ryan Driscoll said in a staff report to the commission.

The 43.97 acres is an almost D-shaped area south of Quail Run Elementary School, bounded roughly by Dougherty Road to the west, Ivy Leaf Springs Road to the north and Alamo Creek to the east.

Referred to as Dougherty Valley Annexation Area No. 17 of Gale Ranch Phase 4, Neighborhood 6, the section of land is outside the city limits but within Dougherty Valley Specific Plan area and the city's sphere of influence.

Under the city proposal, 37.24 acres would be prezoned as planned development and 6.73 acres prezoned as open space. The move consistent with the specific plan and settlement agreement for the Dougherty Valley, Driscoll said.

"Prezoning facilitates orderly transition of property into the city boundaries by establishing land use regulations and development standards consistent with the city's General Plan," Driscoll said. "Prezoning does not change the allowable uses of the land nor the development standards until such time as the site is officially annexed into the city."

The county previously approved construction of 308 homes -- all detached single-family houses -- in the section of land. The area also includes an existing 8,068-square-foot building at 100 Gatekeeper Road used by The Goddard School child care facility.

If endorsed by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, the prezone application would head to the City Council for approval next month, after which the city would ask the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission to initiate annexation proceedings for the area pursuant to the Dougherty Valley Settlement Agreement.

In all, 16 plan areas of the Dougherty Valley have been annexed into the city since 1998. The Dougherty Valley Specific Plan covers a total of 5,979 acres of land, of which 2,708 is part of the ongoing Gale Ranch development.

The Planning Commission meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the Alcosta Room at the San Ramon Community Center at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

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Posted by T*****mom
a resident of San Ramon
on May 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

Where will the students go to school? Bella Vista is full, and the other schools here are filled. I do not see San Ramon as a "city," rather, a maze of neighborhoods sprinkled with little shopping, few gas stations, dwindling water resources, and no heart. It seems to be a sprawl of homes as far as one can see.......

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Posted by SHale99
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2016 at 2:11 pm

SHale99 is a registered user.

Bella Vista is full? Afraid not. While I think new enrollments are being held until June, the school won't be at capacity and won't be for years. Most of it's boundaries don't even have houses yet. A bunch will come from Quail Run and other schools, but not full by any stretch.

Yeah, Dougherty Valley is mostly houses and almost zero shopping centers. One moves here for the SCHOOLS and perhaps a shot at new construction.

Heart of DV IS the housing and near lack of commercially zoned areas (yay).

Plenty of options if you want to live on top of shopping centers or a 'down town' that many consider a 'heart'. You can have it.

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Posted by Bay Area native
a resident of San Ramon
on May 30, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Traffic is already so bad. This is not the community we moved into 20 years ago

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