The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider approving a new four-story apartment and commercial complex on the north side of the city along San Ramon Valley Boulevard on Tuesday evening.
The San Ramon Valley Apartments project by Santa Clara-based ROEM Development calls for 169 apartment units, 6,146 square feet of ground-level commercial space and a two-tier parking garage at 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd., along the west side of the thoroughfare at the intersection with Deerwood Road near the northern city limits.
The Planning Commission, which has discussed the project over the past two-plus years as the proposal changed several times since its original concept in 2014, indicated in recent weeks its intent to move toward approving the current project plan.
During their meeting Nov. 1, commissioners again talked about the mixed-use project before advancing it forward for final consideration this week, city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto wrote in an updated staff report.
Talking points at that meeting included adding a stipulation requiring that sales tax-generating businesses are more desirable for the ground-floor commercial spaces in order to help achieve the vision of the area as a pedestrian-oriented district, Tsukamoto said.
The commission also talked about requiring use of recycled water, but staff thinks that might not be feasible in part because recycled water infrastructure isn't in place near the project site, according to Tsukamoto.
The San Ramon Valley Apartments proposal features six apartment types: traditional studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units as well as one- and two-bedroom options with dens.
The mixed-use development would include 20 affordable units (13 very-low income, seven moderate income), representing 15.7% of the project, with remaining 9.3% to be paid as in-lieu fee to fulfill the affordable-housing obligation, Tsukamoto said.
The 2.55-acre site currently houses Outpost Sports Bar and Grill and is next to Windmill Farms produce market.
The initial environmental study concludes the project would not have a significant effect on the environment in light of recommended mitigation measures in areas such as air quality, biological and cultural resources, geology, hazardous materials, water quality, noise and traffic.
City staff recommends the commission hear the latest staff report Tuesday evening before continuing the public hearing, receiving citizen comments and then voting on proposed resolutions approving the project.
Staff earlier this month has recommended continuing the matter to Dec. 6, but the commission decided at its Nov. 1 meeting to bring the draft approval resolutions back for consideration this week.
The meeting Tuesday night is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the council chamber at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business, the commission is set to receive the latest Zoning Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee update.