The city of San Ramon has begun the process of preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for the City Center Mixed Use Master Plan, which includes 4,500 housing units proposed in Bishop Ranch.
City officials have opened a 30-day comment period soliciting public input on the scope of the EIR as the environmental work begins, including setting a public meeting next month for residents to share their thoughts on what topics should be covered in the document.
Creating the EIR will enable city staff to see the potential physical and environmental effects of the proposed multifamily project -- located in the heart of Bishop Ranch -- and how those effects touch on topics outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act, according to a staff report by city planning manager Lauren Barr.
While city staff are in the very early process of forming the EIR, Barr said he anticipates the draft report will be made available to the public sometime in early 2020.
Barr says the EIR will encompass a full range of environmental issues, and analyze how the project will affect the city in the following areas:
* Aesthetics, light and glare
* Hydrology and water quality
* Air quality
* Land use
* Biological resources
* Cultural and tribal cultural resources
* Population and housing
* Public services and recreation
* Geology, soils and seismicity
* Greenhouse gas emissions
* Utilities and service systems
* Hazards and hazardous materials.
Barr added that conclusions drawn in the EIR will eventually factor into the City Council’s decision to approve or deny the project.
Located within the Bishop Ranch property -- which consists of 585 acres of business offices and retail space -- off Bollinger Canyon Road near Interstate 680, the Bishop Ranch multi-family home project includes 4,500 new homes in a series of neighborhoods and other amenities covering approximately 135 acres, expected to be phased in over multiple decades.
It would also include a 169-room hotel, an interconnected parks system, new parking structures that will replace existing surface parking lots, an amphitheater with a potential capacity for 1,500 seats and two new community centers.
A key aspect of the review process, residents are invited to share their input on potential areas of interest city staff should focus on while creating the plan. Public comment is open now through Oct. 25, at 5 p.m., and can be sent to the following address:
"Mr. Lauren Barr, Planning Manager
City of San Ramon Community Development Department
2601 Crow Canyon Road San Ramon, CA 94583"
Residents can reach Barr via phone at 973-2567, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments can also be shared at the city’s public scoping meeting on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.