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September 14, 2010

A meeting of the City of San Ramon Redevelopment Agency was held September 14, 2010 at 6:35 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Chair Rowley presiding.
PRESENT:  Agency Members Hudson, Livingstone, Wilson, Vice Chair Perkins, and Chair Rowley.
STAFF PRESENT:  Executive Director Herb Moniz, Deputy Executive Director Marc Fontes, Planning Division Manager Debbie Chamberlain, and Agency Secretary Clerk Patricia Edwards.

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Executive Director Herb Moniz led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance.

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The Agency Secretary reported there were no requests for public comment.

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(#5.1) Minutes of the May 25, 2010 Meeting.

Mbr. Hudson’s motion to approve the minutes of the May 25, 2010 meeting was seconded by Vice Chair Perkins and passed 4-0.  Mbr. Wilson abstained. 

(#5.2) Minutes of the June 8, 2010 Joint City Council and Redevelopment Agency Special Meeting.

Vice Chair Perkins’ motion to approve the minutes of the June 8, 2010 Joint City Council and Redevelopment Agency special meeting was seconded by Mbr. Hudson and passed 5-0. 

(#5.3) Minutes of the June 24, 2010 Adjourned Meeting.

Vice Chair Perkins’ motion to approve the minutes of the June 24, 2010 adjourned meeting was seconded by Mbr. Wilson and passed 3-0.  Mbrs. Hudson and Livingstone abstained. 

(#5.4) Minutes of the July 8, 2010 Special Meeting.

Vice Chair Perkins’ motion to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2010 special meeting was seconded by Mbr. Hudson and passed 5-0. 

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The Agency Secretary reported that the Agency has not received any written communications.

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(#9.1) Conceptual Review of Proposed Development for 2259 San Ramon Valley Boulevard (APN: 208-271-025) (Formerly Jeff’s Kitchen Property).

Deputy Executive Director Marc Fontes introduced the item.  He noted that Mr. Raj Aulakh is the property owner of 2259 San Ramon Valley Boulevard and supports the proposed project.  Planning Division Manager Debbie Chamberlain provided the staff report.  Staff’s opinion is that the proposed concept plan for approximately 2,000 square feet of commercial space on the subject property is consistent with the General Plan and the Crow Canyon Specific Plan.

Vice Chair Perkins noted that three to five feet of the landscaping on the west side of the property would be demolished when the project is developed.  He recommended that the developer be granted some latitude in landscaping and set-backs as this landscaping may be demolished in Phase 2.  He suggested an alternate parking scene and asked staff to work with developers to minimize compact car parking.  He requested that, if Phase 2 proceeds soon after Phase 1, that an allowance be made for the location of the 26 foot driveway on the adjoining property.  He is pleased that there is a viable plan for this unusual lot configuration.  He noted that the property does not currently have a sewer connection.  He requested that the appearance of both properties be coordinated in terms of architecture and landscaping. 

Mbr. Livingstone questioned the number of required parking sites.  Ms. Chamberlain responded that seven parking sites are required for Phase 1.  She noted that no specific timeline for Phase 2 has been proposed.  Mbr. Livingstone stated that he does not support the project without adequate parking.  He does not want any compact car parking.  He agrees with Vice Chair Perkins that latitude should be given to the developer on the issue of landscaping.  Mbr. Livingstone requested details on the 100 foot set-back requirement.

Mbr. Hudson noted that only six of the required seven parking spaces are provided on the proposal.  Ms. Chamberlain stated that the proposal is short on parking.  As the project proceeds through the entitlement process, the final building size will determine the number of needed parking spaces.  Vice Chair Perkins asked if on-street parking counts toward the parking requirement.  Ms. Chamberlain replied that it does not.  Chair Rowley noted that the ABC Pet Clinic usually has only one or two cars parked at the site.  She does anticipate that parking will be a problem for this proposal.  Mbr. Hudson stated that the conceptual approval should state that no compact parking is allowed.  Due to its location, he anticipates that there will probably be parking poaching.  He requested that the additional parking space be picked up in the entitlement process.  Vice Chair Perkins requested that conceptual approval include the requirement that parking will be in compliance with the square footage of the building.  Mbr. Livingstone reiterated that he will not approve the plan without adequate parking.

Vice Chair Perkins moved that the Agency accept the conceptual plan with the following stipulations that: parking be in accordance with City standards; no compact parking spaces be allowed; and latitude be allowed on the west side landscaping.  The motion was seconded by Mbr. Hudson.  The motion passed 5-0.

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At 6:53 p.m., there being no further business, Chair Rowley adjourned the meeting.

Carol J. Rowley, Agency Chair
Patricia Edwards, Agency Secretary

Approved at the January 11, 2011 Agency meeting, 5-0.

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