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Commission to discuss San Ramon tutoring center permit

Resolution would allow Kumon to stay open while city, landlord resolve parking lot issue

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set Tuesday to debate allowing a local tutoring center to remain open while its landlord and city officials hash out a dispute over parking requirements for the Alcosta Boulevard property.

Commissioners, when discussing the issue for the first time last month, indicated their support for letting the Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Ramon stay open rather than revoking its use permit for non-compliance because of the parking debate. They asked that an approval resolution be brought back for further consideration Tuesday night.

The Kumon facility operates within leased space in Building B at the Alcosta Professional Plaza, southeast of the intersection of Alcosta Boulevard and Fircrest Lane.

The parking issue developed after San Ramon officials learned the tutoring center expanded within Building B without necessary city approvals, prompting the city's zoning administrator to approve a new use permit that included the updated parking requirements, according to city assistant planner Ryan Driscoll.

The new permit conditions included requiring the property owner, Kumon's landlord, to reopen access and install new pavement striping at an adjacent parcel -- next to the plaza's normal parking lot -- that was previously used for parking but that is now fenced shut.

The owner of Building B, who also owns the parking parcel in question but not the entire complex, has refused to comply with the parking lot improvements, leaving Kumon out of compliance with its permit requirements, Driscoll said.

The Planning Commission last month decided it didn't want to include the re-striping requirement in Kumon's operating permit, in part because Kumon management "is unable to compel the property owner to comply with the outstanding maintenance condition of approval," Driscoll wrote in a new staff report.

The commissioners did support requiring the fence around the extra parking lot to be removed, Driscoll added. They asked that city staff update the draft resolution for consideration this Tuesday, removing the re-striping requirement and adding in a provision that the fence must be removed within two weeks.

Under the proposal, the city could then work to resolve maintenance concerns about the extra parking lot with the property owner or through subsequent city enforcement actions that would be unrelated to Kumon's use permit, according to Driscoll.

The commission meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the council chamber at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

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