San Ramon commission to review plans for new dog boarding house

Plus: Church of the Valley development project back again

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to talk Tuesday about development plans for a new dog care and boarding house just off San Ramon Valley Boulevard near the Fostoria Way freeway overpass.

At its meeting, the commission will review plans submitted for the single-story building, named Camp Bow Wow, which would occupy approximately 7,625 square feet of land on a vacant lot located behind 30 Beta Court, along with an associated parking lot and additional landscape.

In addition to the building itself, the project would create a parking lot with 19-21 spots, and a 1,200-square-foot outdoor dog play area located behind the building with an accompanying 8-foot-tall fence.

Camp Bow Wow would be built to accommodate up to 110 dogs at any time and provide boarding/day care for pets as well as training and grooming services. Project designers have requested that the buildings hours of operation last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

The commission will meet to discuss the project Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the San Ramon City Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* The Planning Commission will also meet to discuss the long-debated San Ramon Church of the Valley memory care and education facilities project, about which some residents have voiced opposition.

The American Baptist Church of the Valley, at 19001 San Ramon Valley Blvd. is situated in a 5.45-acre lot just off Interstate 680, on a plot of land crossed by a creek. The proposed project includes a 22,691-square-foot, single-story memory care facility on a 1.53-acre lot, with up to 54 beds with approximately 28 employees over six scheduled shifts.

In addition to that facility, the plan also includes an 11,650-square-foot, two-story facility for classrooms and youth education. The education building is designed to house up to 60 preschool children, 135 K-8 grade students and 17 accompanying staff members.

San Ramon Residents for Responsible Growth, a group of residents opposed to the project, have issued opposition to the project and started an online petition against it, claiming the project would greatly worsen traffic in the area as well as safety.

“If this project is built, all residents of San Ramon and possibly other neighboring cities will face the precedent-setting implications of allowing a 23,000 square feet commercial building to be built within 15 feet of residential properties. Such a precedent will forever have an impact on future developments throughout San Ramon,” group representatives wrote in their petition.

The group has asked for modifications reducing the size of the project, thus reducing the anticipated increase in traffic congestion.

The commissioners plan to continue the discussion at their Jan. 15 meeting.

* The San Ramon City Council will also gather Tuesday, prior to the Planning Commission’s meeting, to interview candidates for the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) and appoint the needed members.

The EDAC is a city advisory board tasked with assisting the council in creating economic plans and programs to vitalize San Ramon businesses.

Nine applicants will be considered for the seven available positions.

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