San Ramon: Commission to discuss Church of the Valley memory care and education facilities

Plus: Crow Canyon Specific Plan update, affordable housing commercial linkage fee ordinance

Developers of the memory care and education facilities project proposed for the Church of the Valley site will meet again with the San Ramon Planning Commission on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing changes to the project and review potential issues.

The American Baptist Church of the Valley property at 19001 San Ramon Valley Blvd. is situated in a 5.45-acre lot just off Interstate 680, on a plot of land crossed by a creek. The proposed project consists of a single-story memory care facility and a preschool for approximately 90 children.

The proposed memory care facility consists 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.

The education center was originally proposed as a 11,650-square-foot, two-story facility for classrooms and youth education with a capacity for 195 children, but developers have significantly scaled back the school building to more than half the size. Now they are requesting the city allow them to build a 6,212 gross square-foot, single-story preschool building of approximately 16 feet tall, with a capacity for 90 children.

The Planning Commission is set to discuss the development Tuesday night and reconvene at its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 19 to discuss the project further.

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 Planning Commission will also discuss potential updates to the city’s Crow Canyon Specific Plan and consider sending a draft of the plan to the City Council for further public input and deliberation.

Originally created in 2006, the plan is being updated by the city in an attempt to encourage investment and economic revitalization in the area, while guiding the evolution of the 128-acre office and service commercial area near the San Ramon-Danville border.

Key differences from the 2006 plan proposed in the update include enhancing the areas bicycle and pedestrian network; stressing San Ramon Creek and its tributaries as important recreational and open space resource; and the introduction of several new land-use designations that will more clearly identify the area.

A full drafted plan of the update is expected to be released to the public sometime this summer.

* The establishment of an inclusionary housing and affordable housing commercial linkage fee ordinance will also be discussed, as the Planning Commission attempts to meet the need for moderate and low-income housing in San Ramon.

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, in order to mitigate a developer's impact on the need for low-income housing preemptively.

A study prepared by Keyser Marston Associates in 2017, recommended that San Ramon maintain a 15% on-site requirement for affordable housing. They further recommended a $1- to $2-per-square-feet fee, should the city decide to charge a tax on top of the 15% on-site requirement.

Based upon the Planning Commission’s response, city staff will prepare the draft inclusionary housing ordinance and affordable housing commercial linkage fee ordinance for the City Council’s review at a future date.

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