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'The Orchards' -- Sunset Development presents proposal for mixed-use redevelopment of Chevron Park

Original post made on Jul 24, 2023

Discussions on plans to redevelop a sprawling office park formerly owned by Chevron and reacquired by Sunset Development last year continued at the San Ramon Planning Commission ...

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 24, 2023, 4:11 PM

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Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2023 at 6:21 pm

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2,600 housing units and one dedicated access point? No thanks.

Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2023 at 7:13 pm

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It’s sad and interesting to me that our former mayor, who constantly turned a deaf ear to Citizen complaints about lack of prior notice to crucial information in planning commission and city Council meetings is now the one complaining about the same thing!

Of course his own neighborhood is threatened by this development, just as we felt that our city was threatened by the use of Mudd’s‘s for anything other than a park and nature center and nature oriented activities. Here we sit years after the city Council voted on lies told by city council members to the public in the public meeting to refuse the $565,000 already raised by the Nature Park Foundation in the nine months when Covid first raised its ugly head, and we were not allowed to do any fundraisers or any other activities to create a beautiful Nature center, with nothing being done by the city Council or the city, to improve access to that gorgeous building, which is decaying in front of our eyes, or to the beautiful land land for the public to enjoy

It’s also sad that a former public official is given the only voice in an article about a project that affects all of San Ramon. I am sure there are others spoke that evening, but where are their voices in this article?

The issue at stake here is how much more high density San Ramon can take? I love the fact that two-story buildings will be built closest to Bollinger instead of a wall of high-rise stack-and-pack apartments and condos as we see all over Dublin. It seems like this plan is sensitive to the needs of San Ramon, but I’m not following this issue closely and I don’t have a dog in this fight—I just feel that the people who are most affected are the people who live here and have to transit Bollinger to get to work in to home and their voices should be represented in an article like this.

Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2023 at 9:38 pm

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You might want to look again at the illustration. I was thrown off at first by north not being at the top. 6-7 story buildings are proposed to line Bollinger and the former mayor's neighborhood will be bordered by the shorter buildings. I also found his comments peculiar given his past behavior while in office.

Posted by ck1
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2023 at 10:36 am

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So these 2600 homes equates to approximately 7,000 additional residents in the City Center area of Bollinger Canyon…which means we’re gonna have an additional 3,000+ cars EVERY DAY on Bollinger Canyon. Not 300 cars…THREE THOUSAND ADDITIONAL CARS, EVERY DAY!
And who knows how many pedestrians will be crossing Bollinger Canyon all day long going back and forth to City Center, while cars sit at a red light staring at an empty intersection long after the pedestrian has already crossed because our city officials can’t get our existing traffic light timing equipment working correctly.
I spoke with Debra Fehr, SR City Traffic Engineer back in February about the lights on Bollinger and Crow Canyon not being timed correctly and was told there had been equipment on back order that would be in by March or April at latest. It’s now almost August and still not fixed.
While I’m venting- I drove on SR Valley Blvd heading south of Bollinger and was shocked to see weeds growing a foot tall all along the sidewalk and median strip. What has happened to our city services? Can’t imagine it’s lack of budget, given the prices of homes these last few years and the resulting additional tax base this creates.
Is the madness of ineffective government and leadership ever going to stop? We have very well intended candidates who run for election each cycle but can’t get elected over our incumbents (or appointees) who seem intent on bowing to the Mehran Development initiatives, while framing all their decisions on RHNA guidelines, regardless of what the community thinks.
What end result will it take for us to get new leadership has fresh ideas and actually listens to their constituents?
Please wake up people and pay attention to what is happening to San Ramon!

Posted by JT
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2023 at 10:55 am

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The scale & height of this proposal is plainly spoken …nuts. It would turn san ramon, which is a suburban community into a Walnut Creek high rise cluster of buildings. Completely change the core of the city and generate massive congestion. Also I don’t see another school in that proposal to be paid for by the developer and park open space proposal looks limited for that number of people.
When you build 5-7 story apartments, neighbors don’t know neighbors like when you build normal height housing and neighborhoods. Just build resident neighborhoods to retain the character of the area. Less profit for sure the sunset vs. this massive build … but doesn’t destroy the suburban character of the town.

Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2023 at 4:39 pm

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This is in response to “the dude“ who posted a comeuppance to me, and was totally right! I was looking at the map completely wrong.

This makes me wonder what our former mayor is complaining about when he has already succeeded in getting the best of this development facing his neighborhood. Perhaps he is determined to get the development quashed altogether. As a realtor, it can’t be good for his business to have to disclose the possibility of this development being built. Or, does he disclose it?

Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2023 at 4:44 pm

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Sorry, I meant to continue with my agreement with JT and other commoners about the size and scope of this development. Even though the development is right next to the freeway, and so is unlikely to affect San Ramon, much commute hours, the use of our infrastructure for all of these homes, including water and power, street, maintenance, etc. and the toll it will take on our shopping areas which are diminishing, as I speak, is alarming. Well, I want to be welcoming to thousands of new San Ramon ends. I just don’t know where we’re going to put them all on the weekends and evenings. Since it seems to have developed a plan to create community amenities like parks and a concert area but this is far from enough to host all these people. I’m really concerned that this development on top of the 4500 other homes that are already approved by the city of San Ramon is a bridge too far.

Posted by Claire M
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 28, 2023 at 12:40 pm

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It looks to me like the plan is to completely demolish the existing buildings and remove hundreds of 40-year-old trees and all vegetation (like at Norris Canyon and Camino Ramon). What a colossal waste!

Why not keep some of the buildings as offices so that people can live near their workplace? And they'd better put a pedestian bridge over Bollinger to avoid gridlock every time someone needs to walk across to/from the City Center.

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