San Ramon Planning Commission to review new fire district training facility

Plus: Golf Club fencing project denial, Crow Canyon Specific Plan update, Mudd's site plans

Officials from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District will be meeting with the San Ramon Planning Commission on Tuesday to review the site plan and overall development concept of its proposed new training facility located at 1500 Bollinger Canyon Road.

Set to be reviewed during the commission’s regular meeting, fire officials will give feedback on the planned training facilities which city staff say will consist of “a classroom building, a storage facility, a training tower and other structures and props for training purposes.”

Located at the southeast corner of Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon roads, SRVFPD officials are proposing that they demolish an approximately 20,000-square-foot administration building that currently serves as the fire district’s administrative headquarters to construct the training facility, according to San Ramon’s associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto.

If the project is eventually given final approval, the new training facility would be accompanied by a new joint police and fire department headquarters that would be located at the San Ramon Police Department's current headquarters on 2401 Crow Canyon Road.

The joint headquarters project is estimated to cost around $26.8 million and city staff hope will be completed and ready to move in within the next two years.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold its regular meeting Tuesday 7 p.m., in the City Hall council chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* Continuing some old business from its previous meeting, the Planning Commission will continue its review of the San Ramon Golf Club fencing project, which city staff have recommended the commission deny “without prejudice.”

According to a city staff report by senior planner Cindy Yee, staff are recommending the project -- which consists of a black wrought-iron fence surrounding the entire golf course property centered at 9430 Fircrest Lane -- be denied due to a lack of information provided by the applicant and the applicant's unresponsiveness to city requests.

“The findings to deny the project are based on the Applicant’s unresponsiveness to address concerns raised on 1) the fence material type, 2) the security fencing needs, 3) how the area between the proposed and existing fence will be appropriately located, designed, and maintained, and 4) the impact of the fence to the creek, flood zone and public access points, and not on the suitability of the site for the specific fence use proposed,” Yee said.

If the project were denied with prejudice, then golf club representatives would not be able to resubmit an application for the project for 12 months.

* Commissioners will also continue their review of potential land-uses for the former Mudd’s restaurant parcel and Laborer’s property.

The city officials will discuss the potential of rezoning the Mudd’s property now owned by the city from office to park space, and adjusting the Laborer’s property urban growth boundary.

* The Crow Canyon Specific Plan is also on the commission’s agenda for Tuesday evening, with city officials set to give the public and commission an update on potential revisions for the plan that guides the evolution of the 128-acre office and service commercial area in San Ramon.

City staff will review the plan and seek public feedback on the plan, which governs the commercial area west of Interstate 680 and north of Crow Canyon Road.

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