San Ramon council to talk zoning code updates, marijuana, Crow Canyon widening

New speed limits, conservation easements, San Ramon 150 also on tap

The San Ramon City Council is set to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would amend the city's zoning code on Tuesday.

The ordinance would make some minor "technical" changes to the citywide zoning ordinance in order to improve its clarity and usability, according to staff. No action will be taken this week, but after receiving public testimony on Tuesday staff recommends the council set Feb. 27 for potential ordinance adoption.

The zoning ordinance applies to all land within the San Ramon city limits.

In late 2015, the city's Planning Commission established a two-person Zoning Ordinance Update Ad Hoc Committee in order to focus on the anticipated revisions, and a year later, the committee decided to split the zoning ordinance update into two tracks: the economic/market analysis track and the technical update track.

The work associated with the economic/market analysis track has been integrated into the update in-process of the city's current General Plan.

The ordinance to be discussed this week focuses on the technical updates.

"The scope of this update was based on a combination of staff initiated updates, changes in state regulations and topic specific discussions with the committee," division manager Lauren Barr wrote in a staff report.

Much of the changes are minor linguistic edits and clarifications, surrounding areas/topics like parking and density ranges, in addition to adding new definitions for alcohol manufacturing, auto sales and brew pubs.

Staff also recommends that the zoning ordinance document undergo formatting revisions for improved readability, including font size increases, margin reductions and integrating graphics and tables into the document's text.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen will present to the council the preliminary working draft framework for cannabis regulation in the unincorporated areas of the county.

* The council will once again consider an ordinance that would increase the speed limits on certain road segments in San Ramon. The ordinance was already discussed at the Jan. 23 council meeting.

* Council members will consider authorizing the final design of the first phase of the Crow Canyon Road widening project from Alcosta Boulevard to St. George Road.

* The council will hear a special presentation on last year's San Ramon 150 celebration by its co-chairs Heidi Kenniston-Lee and Gary Alpert.

* The council will discuss the policy on potentially amending city-held conservation easements.

* The Ad Hoc Communications Committee will present a report on the City Wide Communication Plan.

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7 people like this
Posted by San Ramon Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 13, 2018 at 11:26 am

For those interested, keep an eye out for any changes to the parking requirement for new housing units. It is rumored that adjacent (Bollinger Canyon Rd & Camino Ramon) to the new City Center, Sunset Development will be building a multi-housing complex that instead of providing the 2 cars/unit parking, Sunset Development would like to provide only one parking space per unit as anyone who lives in the complex would be working in Bishop Ranch and would not need two cars. As we have seen in multi-housing complexes that only provide for one car parking, those extra cars are then parked along the street. It will be interesting to see how this goes if it is either "slipped in" or up for public scrutiny and discussion through the planning process.

6 people like this
Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

I love rumors.

5 people like this
Posted by Thomas
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2018 at 10:56 am

Candace....the popular vote has spoken, cannabis is now legalized and your strident opposition is now attempting to thwart the will of the citizens who elected you. Contra Costa county is NOT Utah.

6 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Just because wacky tobaccy is popular in the people's republic of Bazerkely & the esteemed sanctuary city of San Francisco, does not mean that cannabis was voted in by the majority of people in San Ramon or Danville.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Feb 14, 2018 at 8:11 pm

@Resident - while support in Berkeley and SF does not militate a majority vote here, the fact of the matter (from the Secretary of State’s information) is that every voting district in this area except Diablo (by one vote) voted in favor of Prop 64. Contra Costa as a whole voted 60% in favor.

But it’s cool. Just keep on spewing baseless statements. It’s super useful to informed discussions!

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