The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to review plans for a new San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District training facility during its regular meeting on Tuesday, a facility that fire officials say is vitally important in ensuring the district is adequately prepared for emergencies.
Located at 1500 Bollinger Canyon Road on the southeast corner of Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon Roads, according to city staff the proposed facility would consist of a new classroom complex building, a 45-foot-tall training tower, a pump house, roof prop, and other “below grade training props.”
The proposed training facility would also be secured with 6-foot-tall metal perimeter fence and gates.
“The SRVFPD has been seeking opportunities for a training facility for many years,” associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto said in a staff report. “The SRVFPD has indicated that the new training facility will also be available for San Ramon Police Department training.”
On Aug. 20, and Sept. 17, 2019, the Planning Commission held public concept reviews for the new training facility in order to review the proposed project and provide planners with guidance on how to most effectively design the facility.
After taking public comment and reviewing the conceptual design, city officials say the proposed project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic in the area, noise or air quality -- some training exercises would require fire staff to use theatrical smoke.
Generally training activities will be scheduled on Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., with evening training sessions scheduled to occur three times a year -- although no evening training will be scheduled past 10 p.m. according to city staff.
The proposed project will also remove the existing 20,000 square foot administration office building and portion of the parking lot currently located on the property, and administrative facilities will be relocated to the upcoming joint police and fire department headquarters that would be located at the San Ramon Police Department's current headquarters on 2401 Crow Canyon Road. Tsukamoto noted that the existing trees located along the streets in the area will be preserved by the project.
The Planning Commission is set to meet for its regular meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. in the San Ramon City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business
During its Tuesday meeting the Planning Commission will also hold a study session in order to review preliminary draft development standards for the Village Center Mixed Use designation, which guides the development of the 128-acre office and service commercial area in San Ramon.
As a full buildout of the Crow Canyon area is expected to take place incrementally over many years, city staff say a vision is needed now in order to guide future investment and new development within the area in order to “avoid piecemeal decisions and foreclosed opportunities.”
A public review draft of the updated plan is expected to be released in the spring of 2020, with a full adoption estimated to take place in the summer of 2020.