San Ramon: Commission to review proposed 162-unit Promenade development

Plus: Golf course fencing project, Mudd's property designation, new wireless cell facility on Camino Ramon

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to have an action-packed meeting on Tuesday, when city officials gather to discuss a number of hot-button issues facing the community, ranging from land-use designations to the installation of a wireless cell facility.

Tuesday night’s meeting will cover a variety of community issues, including the proposed new perimeter fencing around the San Ramon Golf Club, potential land-uses for the Mudd’s restaurant parcel and so-called "Laborer’s property," a development agreement for a housing complex on The Preserve (formerly known as the Faria Preserve) and a new wireless cell facility in front of Kaiser Permanente.

Taking center stage at the commission meeting is the Promenade at The Preserve housing development proposal, which consists of 40 single-family residential units, 122 condominium units, and a 2-acre future house of worship site on a 12.6-acre property located in the Preserve project area.

According to a city staff report, the 162-unit Promenade development plan is classified as “Multi-Family Very High Density” and is located in The Preserve's Neighborhood V, which lies east of Bollinger Canyon Road and north of Deerwood Drive.

Next up, commissioners are set to continue their review the oft-debated San Ramon Golf Club fencing project, which includes a continuous series of perimeter fencing around the course located in southern San Ramon on 9430 Fircrest Lane.

Club officials requested that the city allow them to install a six-foot-high, black vinyl-coated, chain-link fence abutting residential areas bordering the property, and a four-foot-high black, wrought iron fence against city-owned property on the public right-of-way.

A hot-button issue for many residents in San Ramon, previous Planning Commission meetings on the fencing project have seen hundreds of residents attend to share their thoughts and opinions, resulting in standing-room-only and lines stretching outside of the council chambers.

Residents who oppose the project have taken issue with the appearance of the fence, claiming it will obstruct views of the course’s open space, and the loss of gate access to some residential homes abutting the property, among other issues

City staff say that the Planning Commission will continue the conversation during its regular meeting at Aug. 20, at which time commissioners are expected to make their final recommendation to the City Council.

Next, potential land-uses for the Mudd’s restaurant parcel and Laborer’s property will be a topic of conversation on Tuesday, when city officials hold an informational meeting to discuss the properties.

Commission members will discuss the potential of rezoning the Mudd’s property now owned by the city from office to park space, and adjusting the Laborer’s property urban growth boundary.

No final decision is expected to be made on the properties, staff say the Planning Commission intends to continue its discussion on the Mudd’s restaurant parcel and Laborer’s property during its next regular meeting on Aug. 20.

To close out the meeting, Verizon Wireless is requesting a land-use permit for the installation of a new wireless facility on a new vertical structure in front of the Kaiser Permanente within the 2300 block of Camino Ramon.

According to a staff report by city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto, the project location is within the “most preferred location” because Camino Ramon is a collector street in a commercial area and no residential area can be found within a 500-foot radius.

“The proposed wireless facility consists of an antenna within a shroud at the top, and a separate array of three antennas near the top of a new 30-foot-tall vertical structure, or a pole with associated equipment boxes at a minimum of 10-foot above grade,” Tsukamoto said describing the proposed facility.

The San Ramon Planning Commission is scheduled to hold its regular meeting Tuesday 7 p.m., in the City Hall council chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

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