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CityWalk Master Plan approved as council denies residents' appeal

Original post made on Sep 9, 2020

The San Ramon City Council unanimously denied an appeal challenging the city's approval of the CityWalk Master Plan, which includes the development of 4,500 housing units among other amenities in the Bishop Ranch property.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 9, 2020 at 5:10 pm

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Massive construction projects are out of vogue now. People are fed up of living in congested cities, alienated from nature. There is not a trail in San Ramon I can get to without walking surrounded by homes, cars and crowds of people. People love to walk and be outside but in these Covid times, there is no scope for social distancing with narrow paths and lot of people and bikers and dogs outside. People walk dogs in front of homes and leave litter behind.

We moved to San Ramon from the South Bay for the greenery, peace and quiet of the suburbs. Over the last 6 years, so much construction has happened. Backyards are smaller, so are drive ways and lanes to get to the homes. Cars cannot even turn around without backing up on other private driveways. Some people are blocking their driveways with orange cones. Some million dollar homes don't even have driveways.

Every week the homes on the street front have to put up with all the trash cans for 3 days of the week and street parking. Feeling disappointed and angry with all the thoughtless construction all around. Every cluster should allocate space for visitors and additional parking as well. The roads are always cluttered with cars on the streets in spite of having two, three and four car garages. People drive from other areas for a small park and trail surrounded by thousands of homes.

What are your thoughts on having more green, open breathing spaces for residents of San Ramon and not surrounded by the sore sight of buildings everywhere including destroying the hillsides?

The green hillsides with cows grazing has disappeared in the last 5 years. We have to change the mindset and system to recognize that development is fine in moderate measure, not in the way things have been progressing so far.

Open spaces, shaded trails, safe spaces to breathe the open air and take in some sunlight help with the daily stress. All the rapid construction is killing joy, inspiration and connection from the residents' lives. The quality of life is not improving for the better in San Ramon but declining like other choking cities everywhere else.

Posted by Kjgamble
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 10, 2020 at 8:40 am

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We need a giant sign that says “Sorry, We’re Full”
Seriously, does every square inch have to be populated whether now or over time? It’s not as if the surface area grows!! Overcrowded schools, litter, traffic, crowding, paper thin housing, small lot sizes, 8 lane roads, good lord city council!!

Posted by Patrick
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 10, 2020 at 6:37 pm

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I fully support this plan and am pleased to see the City Council reject the appeals. There is a scarcity of housing in the Bay Area, and I am proud that our city is doing its part in alleviating the decades long affordability crisis. I will be pleased to welcome new families who will now get to enjoy the same great schools and same greak parks system that I was able to enjoy while growing up in the city. I am especially delighted that the plan puts a strong focus on livable, pedestrian (not car) focused spaces.

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