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San Ramon: City considers adjusting urban growth boundary at Laborer's property

Also: Mudd's rezoning, Crow Canyon Specific Plan Update & The Promenade

The San Ramon City Council is set to review potential land-uses for the so-called “Laborer’s property” in west San Ramon on Tuesday evening, a possible precursor to future development at the site.

The owner of the Laborers Training Facility at 1001 Westside Drive has requested that the city adjust its urban growth boundary -- the line limiting the boundaries where urban development is allowed -- by 15 acres in order to more accurately represent the urban conditions found at the site, which is currently zoned for public/semipublic uses.

The Laborer's site, 360 acres in total, was purchased in the early 1970s, prior to the incorporation of San Ramon. City staff say the property contains largely underdeveloped land mostly comprised of grassy rolling hills and wooded creeks, in addition to the Laborers Training Facility structures cloistered in 25 acres at the southeast corner.

The training facility itself provides comprehensive training for construction laborers with an emphasis on safety, skills and knowledge, according to the facility’s website.

In exchange for the designation, city staff say the property owner has agreed to dedicate 177 acres of open space found in the area north of the training facility to the East Bay Regional Park District at no cost.

The dedication would also include a public access easement -- alignment to be determined -- across the lower portions of the property to allow public access to the open space, as well as potential options for a series of trails.

Timing of the open space opening to the public would be up in the air however, and according to San Ramon division manager Lauren Barr: “Following dedication of the 177 acres and easement, the timing of improvement and public access will be at the discretion of EBRPD once safety and environmental concerns have been addressed.”

“Further, the applicant has offered the future dedication to the city, approximately 80 acres (currently shown on the City of San Ramon's General Plan as Park) if and when a residential subdivision application is proposed and approved for the residential site adjacent to Westside Drive,” Barr added.

The San Ramon City Council is scheduled to hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the San Ramon City Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* While reviewing potential land-uses for the Laborer’s property, council members will also discuss the potential of rezoning the Mudd’s property now owned by the city from office to park space.

* Council members will also consider approving a development agreement for the Promenade at the Preserve project, 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.

The 162 new units would be located in Neighborhood V of the preserve area which lies east of Bollinger Canyon Road and north of Deerwood Drive.

* Two consent agenda items may result in Councilman Dave Hudson taking part in quite a bit of travel this year.

The council will discuss authorizing sending Hudson to New York as a member of Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCTA) Technology Subcommittee Oct. 13-15, and sending him to Singapore for the Information Technology World Conference as a member of the CCTA’s delegation Oct. 20-23.

If approved, expenses for both trips will be covered by the CCTA.

* Council members are also set to continue their review of San Ramon’s Crow Canyon Specific Plan Update.

* San Ramon’s Economic Development Advisory Committee chair Jason Gong is set to give a special report to the council, reviewing his committee’s actions from the past year as well as his future goals.

* Following the EDAC report, transportation coordinator Heidi Kenniston-Lee will give an update on the actions and activities of the Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency.

* The council will also hear a special presentation from the Parks and Community Services Department introducing the city’s newest employee, recreation technician Janan Jajeh.

* The final report scheduled for Tuesday night’s meeting is a special update on San Ramon’s solid waste programs by program manager David Krueger.

San Ramon’s new 15-year contract with Alameda County Industries (it’s new waste services provider) is set to begin on Oct. 1, with new rates to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

New rates will vary depending on the type and amount of garbage service each customer subscribes to, but information presented at past City Council meetings have indicated that residents can expect increased costs of 30-45%.

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