The Faria Preserve residential development appears on track to move forward after receiving unanimous support from the San Ramon Planning Commission this week.
The proposal from developer Lafferty Communities would add 740 new homes to the city in the form of single-family residences, town houses, condominiums, apartments and senior housing on approximately 286.5 acres near Deerwood and Bollinger Canyon roads. Also included in the plans are a community park, a church and an educational facility.
The Lafferty proposal spanned multiple meetings (the commission held eight public hearings on the plan since November) and faced some community push-back (more than 300 residents reportedly signed petitions opposing the development) before receiving support from all five commissioners Tuesday.
The commission voted to approve a major subdivision, development plan amendment, environmental clearance and architectural review for the project.
The commission was the final decision-making body, and the San Ramon City Council would not typically review such applications unless the commission ruling were appealed, according to Cindy Yee, city associate planner. An appeal has not been filed to date.
The developer has not provided a construction timeline to the city, according to Yee. Lafferty representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday.
"We should have a better sense in the next couple of months on when they expect to begin site work," Yee said. "Grading and site development will take several years before they can begin home construction."
In addition to the housing and community buildings, the project proposal calls for more than 80% of the overall property -- or about 370 acres -- to be designated as open space, public parks and trails, according to Yee.