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San Ramon: Public input sought on EIR for 4,500 housing units in Bishop Ranch

Plus: McDonald's requests drive-thru modifications in Diablo Plaza

The proposed new development project would consist of 4,500 multi-family homes other amenities in the hear of the Bishop Ranch property. (Image courtesy Sunset Development Company)

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to continue its review of the 4,500 housing units proposed by Bishop Ranch on Tuesday night, taking public testimony on the city’s efforts to create an environmental impact report for the project.

Set to be reviewed during the commission's regular meeting, city planning officials will be asking for public comment on the plans that include building 4,500 new multi-family homes, a 169-room hotel, an interconnected parks system, new parking structures, an amphitheater with a potential capacity for 1,500 seats and two new community centers in the heart of the Bishop Ranch property.

The city began the process of preparing an environmental impact report for the City Center Mixed Use Master Plan at the end of September, which city staff expect to be completed sometime in early 2020.

The EIR itself will enable city staff to see the potential physical and environmental effects of the proposed multifamily project and how those effects touch on topics outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act, ultimately helping the City Council make its final decision on approving or denying the project.

According to a city staff report, the commission has already received several emails from residents who oppose the project, voicing concerns over the city approving what they perceive as a large development.

Public comment on the creation of the environmental impact report is open now through Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. Residents can have their opinion heard by emailing lbarr@sanramon.ca.gov, or by sending a letter to:

"Mr. Lauren Barr, Planning Manager

City of San Ramon Community Development Department

2601 Crow Canyon Road San Ramon, CA 94583"

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to meet for its regular meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. in the San Ramon City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

The Planning Commission is also set to review modifications that have been proposed for the McDonald’s at 2481 San Ramon Valley Blvd. within the Diablo Plaza shopping center, during its meeting on Tuesday.

According to associate planner Ryan Driscoll, the new project would allow a new drive-thru lane resulting in a two-lane order line with a single-lane pay and pick-up line, as well as a new approximate 110-square-foot addition for a relocated pay window, the removal of five parking spaces and the relocation of the trash enclosure.

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15 people like this
Posted by Jack Roberts
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2019 at 8:29 am

No.
Already horrible traffic, clogged schools, and over crowded parks. My commute from gale ranch to 680 that used to take 1o minutes now takes 25 minutes.
Class sizes in our schools have gone up and quality of life has gone down. I have noticed more crime around town and unruly foster kids have stolen bikes from my neighborhood.
Stop before you kill the golden goose!


11 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2019 at 8:55 am

Some of the other items sound ok,but 4500 homes x 2 to 3 residents each,plus cars equals over 10,000.plus infrastructure for the above. Way to much overcrowding. Be careful what you wish for.


14 people like this
Posted by Bert Kanne
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2019 at 10:01 am

It sounds like Bishop Ranch and San Ramon have lost their minds. Schools and roads in the area cannot handle any more people. Put this idea on the back burner until after the recession and housing bubble crash have left their mark.


9 people like this
Posted by Nicole
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Amphitheater maybe, parks absolutely!!!! No more houses especially with no yards and packed in like sardines. Too much traffic already.


15 people like this
Posted by Lars
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Been living here for almost 40yrs.
Would never have moved here if we knew it would be so congested, too many people work in this city that was a residential suburban town... And it will get worst if they add more homes!
Try living here and getting to the freeway on Bollinger Canyon, it's a mess all the time!! It's all about making more money, not about the quality of life for people that have lived here for years.... More good folks are going to want move outta here. It's costly and Big City Life in what use to be a very nice, safe home town for families!


13 people like this
Posted by MV
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm

The City is on perinnial expansion spree for past 20+ years. AT some point just to keep the folks at the City Planning commission busy and employed/retirements paid for., they keep approving projects. The entire EastBay will be a wasteland if a big recession were to hit the area, there will be more housing than people who can afford them.

4500+ units seem like an awful lot of homes, and folks at the City have to take a more measured stance, and approve organic evolution. Quick/Easy/FastMoney projects are all about just these kinds of projects, leaving aside the Quality of Life, Schools, OverCrowded neighbourhoods, Crime concerns for future leaders/generation to take care of...

Keep San Ramon, Danville as safe places., dont let it become another Dublin, San Jose, Fremont or Oakland.


9 people like this
Posted by Member
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Talk about some 1st world problems! Get some perspective on the world.


16 people like this
Posted by Benedict
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 13, 2019 at 7:31 am

Growth proposals such as this is for the profit of developers first and foremost. Without proper infrastructure it is insane to build this project as currently proposed. Have City planners ever heard or entertained the concept of "preseveration"? Any well run City must equally balance the idea of growth with preseveration. Merely look at Dublin to see how a City is grossly mishapen by a predominant emphasis on growth versus any balance of growth and preservation in order to ensure a better quality of life for the citizens. Residents must come together to combat City planners' perpetual orientation toward growth. More buildings and more crowding does not equal a better City. More alone does not make San Ramon a better and more desirable place to live. Citizens groups in Pleasanton and Dublin are now rising to curb growth - especially given infrastructure limitations and environmental factors. Grassroots efforts can create enough of a groundswell to make City planners re-consider their growth orientation. Yes, more development feeds City coffers but it should not be at the expense of a diminished quality of life that comes with overcrowding. This is the time for citizens to rise up and come together to protect and preserve San Ramon.


5 people like this
Posted by Philboy19
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 13, 2019 at 9:27 am

I work in Bishop Ranch. Trying to get off the freeway and to my job can take almost 30 minutes now with the light at Camino Ramon. How much worse would it be with all that additional residential traffic? You are going to push businesses away all to be greedy and get more property taxes. And what quality of life will you have given the residents? There is nothing stated about building additional schools for these houses. Bollinger, Golden View, Iron Hose, and Cal High can’t handle more influx than what they already have. Enough already.


5 people like this
Posted by PP
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

San Ramon had population of 35k about 20 yrs back. Now with all the developments and housing, it has created a growth without adequate infrastructure!! The cost of these rentals will not encourage diversity. Most jobs are in silicon valley snd SF. Without accessibility to mass transportation, the traffic will be as bad as LA!! Rethink this-I am all ok with additional parks and businesses but 4500 rental units is the worst plan and it will ruin the San Ramon as we know...


7 people like this
Posted by SR resodent
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 13, 2019 at 12:08 pm

This is so insane. No more development. City Center is an eyesore. And more dense housing just means more traffic, more crime and more issues with schools and such


2 people like this
Posted by Follow the money
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Oct 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm

How do you think government is going to pay for the new digs for council ... through development in the area. Government needs money and new housing provides it. Sad though cuz it is short term. Long term housing never fully pays for itself, it takes businesses to cash flow for Cities.


11 people like this
Posted by Ann
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2019 at 6:42 am

I have lived in San Ramon for almost 30 years. It is not the same place I moved to by far. The traffic is horrendous!! 4500 housing units would make it a nightmare. Greed has done this! Preserve and protect our city. Balance is key!


3 people like this
Posted by Pat
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2019 at 6:58 am

Is the developer playing a games? Asking for 4500 but after many studies, debates and meetings hoping to get maybe 1000? We have been through a number of droughts. They tell us we have no water and we must conserve. We do such a great job of conserving that the water company raises the rates because they are not getting money for less usage. Now we are temporarily out of a drought so they immediately want to build? What am I missing here?



9 people like this
Posted by Kathi sanec
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

WHAT!!!!! Have you driven on Bollinger canyon around 5pm? It’s a parking lot now. Where will all these new people have their cars? Where will they go to school? You blind sided the town with Faria. You gave us a City Center that looks like a prison at worst and a car dealership at best. 4500?? I thought it was a typo, Are there new schools? This is not responsible growth. It doesn’t make any commuting sense either. It looks like you want something like they build next to BART stations, our public transport isn’t that useful. This is a terrible idea and makes me want to leave San Ramon.


7 people like this
Posted by Linda Wilde
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

This would be disastrous. Traffic is already ridiculous on Bollinger and Crow Canyon. Schools are at capacity. San Ramon's special charm and character have already been compromised with the hideous tin box that was meant to be our City Center. We chose to buy a home here, thinking we were moving into a beautiful small city - after the Mayor told me personally that there would be no further housing development! Instead this town seems to be turning into an expansion of Bishop Ranch. Who is the city supposed to be serving?


2 people like this
Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2019 at 10:24 am

The city has already approved the project secretly behind closed doors. Their asking for public input is only a ruse to prevent lawsuits. Just wait and see if I'm calling it as it is, a done deal.


6 people like this
Posted by Linda
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Don’t turn San Ramon into another Dublin adding to overcrowded schools, increased traffic. This is definitely not the San Ramon we want in the future.


8 people like this
Posted by Chases plastic
a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Wow....what a horrible idea. Bet it is a done deal though. San Ramon is going to become another Dublin. 680 could definitely use a few thousand more cars. Glad to see I am not the only one disappointed by the new shopping center. What a flop. Glad to have Fieldwork, but did it have to look like a giant sardine can?


1 person likes this
Posted by Member
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm

There is no way to avoid city growth since the bay area is a very desirable place to live, has all of the amenities, and offers terrific employment options. I like the idea of building higher density housing in the "downtown" area of San Ramon. Sunset Development does a very professional job understanding neighborhood aesthetics and sustainable design.


4 people like this
Posted by Gapps
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 16, 2019 at 7:58 am

Please try and welcome more businesses and create more jobs in San Ramon and not build more homes. Let us be smart about how we raise revenues for the city while not impacting but improving the quality of life of residents.


2 people like this
Posted by Satish
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm

I do not believe we have the infrastructure to absorb another 9k cars.


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