San Ramon: Church of the Valley developer removes request for K-8 school

New proposal calls for preschool only; no changes to memory care facility

Developers of the much-debated Church of the Valley memory care and education facility development have proposed some major changes to the design of their project to reduce its size and scope -- changes that are set to be discussed at the San Ramon Planning Commission’s regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Church of the Valley representatives have informed the commission that they have withdrawn their request to develop a K-8 school on their property located at 19001 San Ramon Valley Blvd. in favor of a preschool-only option. Designs to the proposed, separate memory care facility remain unchanged.

For the new education facility proposal, developers would like to reduce the building to a single-story preschool building of approximately 16 feet tall, while increasing the preschool's capacity from 60 to 90 children.

The original plan proposed a 11,650-square-foot, two-story facility for classrooms and youth education. The education building was designed to house up to 60 preschool children, 135 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and 17 accompanying staff members.

City officials said staff have not had the opportunity to review the proposed changes and therefore recommend the Planning Commission hold off on a larger discussion until its next meeting, on Feb. 5.

The proposed memory care facility remains as previously designed, a project consisting of a 22,691-square-foot, single-story memory care facility on a 1.53-acre lot, with up to 54 beds with approximately 28 employees over six scheduled shifts.

Parking needs will be discussed at a future date.

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set hold its regular meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the San Ramon City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

The commission will also discuss begin the process of creating a draft of a inclusionary housing and affordable housing commercial linkage fee ordinance, in order to raise funds for the development of affordable housing.

If approved by the City Council, the ordinance would require new market-rate housing and commercial developments to pay a fee, develop low-income housing or designate units of a complex as low income housing.

The goal of the ordinance would be to mitigate a developers impact on the need for low-income housing, by having them create such housing alongside their market rate projects.

Staff have recommended the ordinance apply to both new rental properties as well as for sale developments.

If directed to do so by the commission, staff will prepare a draft of the inclusionary housing and affordable housing commercial linkage fee ordinance for the City Council’s review and consideration at a future meeting.

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