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San Ramon Planning Commission to again debate proposed Costco gas station

Bridges Golf Club deck addition, Crow Canyon Specific Plan update also on tap Tuesday

Rendering shows design concept for new Costco gas station proposed in San Ramon, directly across the street from the Costco store within the Danville town limits. (Image courtesy of city of San Ramon)

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider approving plans Tuesday for a new 32-pump Costco gas station which, if approved, would be affiliated with the warehouse store located across the street within Danville town limits.

Proposed to be located at the site of the Office Depot building on 3111 Fostoria Way, city officials say the station would include a 12,663-square-foot canopy with signage on all sides, an approximately 200-square-foot control facility and associated site improvements and landscape enhancement on the 2.88-acre lot.

The Costco Wholesale store and tire center, located at 3150 Fostoria Way in Danville, does not currently have a gas station.

Tuesday's review will be a continuation of the Planning Commission's discussion during its regular meeting on Oct. 20, which was tabled after an hours-long debate on the CityWalk Master Plan development agreement took over that meeting.

At the Oct. 20 hearing, city staff say they received more than 70 written comments primarily in favor of the proposed service station and more than 20 expressing concerns.

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Associate city planner Shinei Tsukamoto said that comments opposing the project generally took issue with air quality, safety of the proposed large underground storage tanks, noise from operations, traffic and economic hardship to existing service stations in the region.

Some residents, particularly in Danville, have vocalized issue with the project, arguing that it may create server traffic issues among other potential problems.

"The problem is the only residents that would be negatively affected by the mega-station live in Danville, including me," Jon Bristow told DanvilleSanRamon.com. "It's true that the council stopped Costco from building the station on the Danville side directly next to homes, but it seems reluctant to fight the latest plan, which would still create health issues and a traffic nightmare for the people living nearby."

"No one around here knew anything about this until about 10 days prior to the meeting. Residents got a pink stock paper flier about the meeting which looked like junk mail. To this day, locals are surprised to hear about this. Evidently, they threw out the notice," Bristow added.

The San Ramon Planning Commission's regular meeting is set to be held virtually at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Interested residents can view the meeting on the city's YouTube page or on its Zoom account using webinar ID 951 2723 2493.

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Residents can submit public comments via email to [email protected] Comments must be sent prior to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and include “Public Comment 11/17/2020” in the subject line.

In other business

* The Planning Commission is also set to consider endorsing the long-discussed updates to the Crow Canyon Specific Plan, which is geared toward increasing the economic development of the 128- acre office and service commercial area.

* Commissioners are also scheduled to continue their review of the proposed Bridges Golf Club 7,430-square-foot deck addition, which city staff say would be used for expanded private events and restaurant operations.

Located at 9000 South Gale Ridge Road, the project also includes a request to allow a parking reduction with a valet parking service during private events.

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San Ramon Planning Commission to again debate proposed Costco gas station

Bridges Golf Club deck addition, Crow Canyon Specific Plan update also on tap Tuesday

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, Nov 16, 2020, 4:16 pm

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider approving plans Tuesday for a new 32-pump Costco gas station which, if approved, would be affiliated with the warehouse store located across the street within Danville town limits.

Proposed to be located at the site of the Office Depot building on 3111 Fostoria Way, city officials say the station would include a 12,663-square-foot canopy with signage on all sides, an approximately 200-square-foot control facility and associated site improvements and landscape enhancement on the 2.88-acre lot.

The Costco Wholesale store and tire center, located at 3150 Fostoria Way in Danville, does not currently have a gas station.

Tuesday's review will be a continuation of the Planning Commission's discussion during its regular meeting on Oct. 20, which was tabled after an hours-long debate on the CityWalk Master Plan development agreement took over that meeting.

At the Oct. 20 hearing, city staff say they received more than 70 written comments primarily in favor of the proposed service station and more than 20 expressing concerns.

Associate city planner Shinei Tsukamoto said that comments opposing the project generally took issue with air quality, safety of the proposed large underground storage tanks, noise from operations, traffic and economic hardship to existing service stations in the region.

Some residents, particularly in Danville, have vocalized issue with the project, arguing that it may create server traffic issues among other potential problems.

"The problem is the only residents that would be negatively affected by the mega-station live in Danville, including me," Jon Bristow told DanvilleSanRamon.com. "It's true that the council stopped Costco from building the station on the Danville side directly next to homes, but it seems reluctant to fight the latest plan, which would still create health issues and a traffic nightmare for the people living nearby."

"No one around here knew anything about this until about 10 days prior to the meeting. Residents got a pink stock paper flier about the meeting which looked like junk mail. To this day, locals are surprised to hear about this. Evidently, they threw out the notice," Bristow added.

The San Ramon Planning Commission's regular meeting is set to be held virtually at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Interested residents can view the meeting on the city's YouTube page or on its Zoom account using webinar ID 951 2723 2493.

Residents can submit public comments via email to [email protected] Comments must be sent prior to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and include “Public Comment 11/17/2020” in the subject line.

In other business

* The Planning Commission is also set to consider endorsing the long-discussed updates to the Crow Canyon Specific Plan, which is geared toward increasing the economic development of the 128- acre office and service commercial area.

* Commissioners are also scheduled to continue their review of the proposed Bridges Golf Club 7,430-square-foot deck addition, which city staff say would be used for expanded private events and restaurant operations.

Located at 9000 South Gale Ridge Road, the project also includes a request to allow a parking reduction with a valet parking service during private events.

Comments

Kelly
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San Ramon
on Nov 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Kelly, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm
6 people like this

I've been a resident of Danville for about 15 years and am very disappointed to see that the cities of San Ramon and Danville are disregarding the near residences in favor of city revenue. I am a Costco member, and do my shopping mostly at Costco, because I've always been under the impression that Costco does a great job to serve it's customers. Costco's customers right now are in the firing line with respect to the impact to our health and safety. It is extremely disappointing to find out that even Costco appears to be acting like other big corporations with only their bottom line in mind - with complete disregard to their nearest customers and the environment at large.
If we don't stand up to these acts of injustice, we will not even be able to rely on our city planning commission and council members to work for us, and in our best interest.


Dee
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Danville
on Nov 17, 2020 at 3:29 pm
Dee, Danville
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2020 at 3:29 pm
6 people like this

Benzene emissions from the largest gas stations may result in near source health risk beyond the regional background and district health risk thresholds. Occupational studies have linked benzene exposures to numerous blood cancers, including acute myeloid leukemia and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia . At gas stations, fuel can be released in both liquid and vapor phases during delivery, storage, and dispensing. Direct vapor release is usually associated with atmospheric pollution, while liquid spillage is commonly associated with soil and groundwater contamination. Of particular concern are children who, for example, live nearby, play nearby, or attend nearby schools, because children are more vulnerable to hydrocarbon exposure . Iron horse trail users, greenbrook school children, residents of fostoria, silverwood, and neighboring areas maybe at risk.
- Traffic congestions on such a small street - Upto 72 cars being serviced and waiting to be serviced - idling, - Traffic accidents -Noise Pollution and property devaluation.
- Costco why?
- San Ramon city please get an independent environmental impact study done. Your responsibility does not end at the demarcation line between both cities. On the San Ramon side you may only have businesses, what about the lives that are on the border - in Danville? When you approve a project where sensitive receptors like residents and children are within a 3 km /under 10,000 feet radius - you have lives at stake.. Thank you


Maskedman
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San Ramon
on Nov 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm
Maskedman, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm
6 people like this

It's called free market competition. If Costco can undercut the prices of the cartel gas stations, I say let's do it.


ProfessorReyes
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San Ramon
on Nov 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm
ProfessorReyes, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm
5 people like this

First of all, I would like to remind people who post comments not to use derogatory terms such as calling local, small and individually owned stations, “cartel gas stations,” in the San Ramon-Danville Valley, @Maskedman. Please be respectful.

I have lived in the Valley for more than 35 years. This was where I raised my now adult children who are successful and respectable tax payers and voters like me. We are all aghast at the utter disregard of Costco Corporation for the lives of people who live not only near the Danville Costco, but also those who live and/or work in San Ramon. Building a 32 pump mega station is going to destroy what the Valley stands for—living in decent, safe, wholesome, kid-friendly neighborhoods. My grandchildren’s health and safety are at stake here. I strongly oppose Costco Corporation’s thirst for profits, especially during a pandemic. Costco Corp is the second largest retailer in the world. Our locally owned small businesses and gas stations cannot even compete in this so-called free market system. They would close down and along with this, the quality of life that we have always enjoyed would go down significantly.

I respectfully urge the San Ramon Planning Commission to stop Costco Corporation from building a mega station on Fostoria Way. This company is rich enough to buy many other lands and build their stores and mega stations in the name of profit. Please help us keep our communities safe, especially our children. Thank you.


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