The San Ramon Planning Commission is set Tuesday to discuss a proposal from The Bridges Golf Club's owner to add a new event center and lodging facility across the street from the Dougherty Valley golf course.
In its early review stage before city officials, the initial concept from course owner Yadav Enterprises, Inc., calls for a two-story building with a 7,000-square-foot event hall, meeting rooms, a kitchen and 60 suites for overnight stays on part of The Bridges property that houses the driving range and maintenance building.
"We'll look forward to the city of San Ramon team's comments on this concept submittal, and we are looking forward to moving forward with this exciting development," company president Anil Yadav said in a one-page letter to the city Oct. 31 introducing his proposal.
Tuesday night's meeting serves as an opportunity for planning commissioners and the public to provide their initial thoughts about the project concept before formal development applications are submitted, according to senior city planner Lauren Barr.
"The development plan conceptual review process, initiated and paid for by the applicant, is not intended to look at a detailed development proposal, but rather serve as an initial screening of a project concept," Barr wrote in a staff report to the commission.
"The value of the process is in the feedback provided by the Planning Commission and staff that allows the applicant to make informed decision regarding potential revisions to their project based on the comments received," Barr added.
The property at 9053 S. Gale Ridge Road, located just off Bollinger Canyon Road, is designated for parks and recreation land-uses, which include golf courses and small conference centers.
"There is certainly some potential synergy between the existing golf course facility and the proposed event center," Barr said, while also noting city guidelines offer "no specific development criteria that defines the characteristics or scale of development for such a 'small conference center.'"
The Yadav Enterprises concept proposes 53,610 square feet in all for the two-story event center and lodging building, with Mediterranean-style architecture planned to be consistent with the design at The Bridges Golf Club across the street.
The building would be shorter along South Gale Ridge Road, about 25 feet tall, and then increase in height to provide taller ceilings for the main entry and event space, at approximately 34.5 feet at the midpoint of the highest sloped roof, according to Barr.
The ground floor would consist of a main event room at roughly 7,000 square feet, an event foyer and lobby, meeting rooms, 20 lodging rooms, a kitchen and other support facilities. The second floor would feature 40 lodging rooms, each with access to a balcony or central exterior deck.
"It is envisioned that the suites would be available for overnight rentals by event attendees, wedding parties or the general public, such as golf course patrons (golf packages)," Barr said.
The proposal calls for 101 on-site parking spaces, plus another 28 spots associated with the adjacent driving range and 69 spaces for the maintenance building that could be used for shared parking if needed. It was not immediately clear how much the driving range would be impacted by the event center.
Yadav representatives and city staff are set to be on hand to hear the commissioners' comments Tuesday night, allowing the company officials to consider the input before deciding whether to move forward with a formal development proposal at a future time.
Barr said they'd like the conversation to focus on issues such as "vision and appropriateness" of a small conference center at the site, the inclusion of overnight suites, project scale, compatibility with The Bridges' overall development and compatibility with other land-uses in the vicinity.
The commission's discussion is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business, the commissioners are set to gather for a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall's large conference room to conduct applicant interviews for the city's Transportation Demand Management Advisory Committee and then make appointments to the committee.