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August 4, 2014

A special meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held August 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Clarkson presiding. 
PRESENT:  Councilmembers Hudson, O’Loane, Perkins, Sachs, and Mayor Clarkson.
STAFF PRESENT:  City Manager Greg Rogers, Interim City Attorney Bob Saxe, Police Lieutenant Mike Boehrer, Planning Division Manager Debbie Chamberlain, Associate Planner City Yee, and City Clerk Renee Beck.

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Resident John Youngblood led the pledge.

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(#2.1)  Public Hearing No. 2: Call for Review of the Faria Preserve Development (VTM 9342) Located on Approximately 286.5 Acres East of Bollinger Canyon Rd., North of Deerwood Dr., West of the Crow Canyon Specific Plan Area, and South of the City Limit Lines within the Northwest Specific Plan Area (APNs: 208-240-005, -007, -008, -052 to -054, 208-260-046, and 208-250-011). (DPA 12-310-003, MJ 12-900-002, AR 200-046 and IS 12-250-004 filed on October 4, 2012).

Associate Planner Cindy Yee provided the report.

The applicant, Patrick Toohey of Lafferty Communities, and his counsel, Rick Norris of Archer Norris PLC, and other project consultants provided an updated report on the Project.

Mayor Clarkson opened the Public Hearing. 

Jim Gibbon, representing San Ramon for Open Government, read a statement in opposition to the project based on legal issues.

Resident George Thomas opposes the project based on old studies used to approve the project.

Resident Steve Forer is opposed to the project based on the impacts and costs associated with infrastructure.

Resident Jim Meese read a statement from resident Jim Blickenstaff opposing the project and opposes the project himself based on insufficient studies.

Resident and representative of Coalition of Northwest Neighborhoods, Robert Klingner, requested that the Faria Preserve project be voted on by San Ramon citizens.

Resident Leslie Mague asked about Neighborhood V in the project and its ownership and how many units will be built there.

Resident Michelle Rodrigue stated her concerns with regard to traffic and its effect on children getting to school safely.

Resident and San Ramon Planning Commissioner Donna Kerger stated that the Planning Commission’s project review was for the benefit of the entire community.

Resident Dale Williams stated that since there are new Councilmembers and the circumstances in San Ramon have changed the entire project should be reviewed.

Resident Ken McNeill stated that traffic in San Ramon is bad and will get worse with new development.

Resident Sally Fraser stated that she wants responsible growth.

Resident and Planning Commissioner Eric Wallis stated that workforce housing has been part of the project plan since 2006 and those entitlements are still in effect.  He urged the passing of the project as it was approved by the Planning Commission.

Resident John Youngblood stated that since the project is in the City’s jurisdiction, the City Council should be able to control what happens there.

Stuart Flashman representing the Sierra Club and San Ramon for Open Government said the project is auto oriented which will produce greenhouse gases.

Resident Diane McMillan stated she opposes the project due to traffic concerns.

Resident Michael Jones read a statement indicating the type of park going into this project is not legal.

Resident Brian Mulry respresenting Jos Levin Properties stated that the developer was reasonable and accommodating in addressing their concerns.

Resident Hsini Chou questions the type of people who will be living in this project.

Mayor Clarkson announced a break at 9:46 p.m.  The meeting resumed at 9:56 p.m.

Cm. Sachs motion to direct staff to reduce the number of affordable units in the project and accept in-lieu fees with the goal of reducing the total number of units was seconded by Cm. Perkins.

Cm. Hudson’s substitute motion to approve the Faria Project as approved by the Planning Commission.  There was no second.

Cm. Sachs restated the original motion.  Cm. Sachs’ motion to have staff and the applicant explore reductions in the affordable housing numbers as a goal to reduce the overall units was seconded by Cm. Perkins and was approved by roll call vote 3-1-0-1 (Clarkson no, Hudson abstain).

Cm. Perkins’ motion to continue the Public Hearing to September 9, 2014 was seconded by Cm. Sachs and approved 5-0-0-0.

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At 10:59 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Clarkson adjourned the meeting.

Bill Clarkson, Mayor
Renee Beck, City Clerk

Approved as presented August 12, 2014 at the City Council meeting 5-0-0-0.

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