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San Ramon Planning Commission approves plans for new 32-pump Costco gas station

Station to service Costco warehouse store located in Danville

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)

In a split decision during its meeting Tuesday, the San Ramon Planning Commission approved plans for a new 32-pump Costco gas station, a hotly debated project that some residents have taken issue with because of traffic and environmental concerns.

The commission voted 3-1 to approve the project during a nearly four hour meeting on Tuesday, after finding that the gas station would not adversely affect the city in a way that violated city policies.

"I've gotten to the point where I'm still uncomfortable with the scale of this project but I can't think of any solid reason to say no," commissioner Rick Marks said Tuesday.

"I have the feeling that the analysis that was done was as good as it could have been, and I have no problem with the professional work that was done either from the traffic people or from the air quality people. I don't believe that any other studies from another organization or more data is going to do anything other than add to people saying 'what's wrong with that study,'" he added.

Proposed to be located at the site of the Office Depot building on 3111 Fostoria Way, the gas station will serve the Costco warehouse store located across the city's border within Danville town limits; the Danville Costco Station located at 3150 Fostoria Way currently does not have a gas station.

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The project will 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.

Some residents have expressed concerns over perceived traffic and environmental issues that could arise from the project, including a significant increase to traffic along Fostoria Way and a decrease in air quality resulting from the number of vehicles and gas station facilities.

The lone dissenting vote came from commissioner Howard Frank, who was left unconvinced that the project wouldn't cause detrimental harm to the city and neighborhood.

"I think Costco has made a compelling case that fueling, position, size, has no bearing on demand and will actually reduce idle times," Frank said. "On the other hand, much of the traffic study, and in turn some of the data that went into the air quality study, was based on what are admittedly proprietary numbers that are not fully known. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Costco -- and it's their right -- has not been entirely transparent on those numbers; and in my mind that prevents what I believe to be a fair apples-to apples-analysis."

Commissioner Gary Alpert recused himself from the conversation, saying he would do so out of an abundance of caution because he has a financial interest in the Costco Corporation.

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Any resident opposed to the project has until Monday Dec. 28 to file an appeal challenging the project. If an appeal does go through, the gas station would be sent to the City Council for final deliberations.

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San Ramon Planning Commission approves plans for new 32-pump Costco gas station

Station to service Costco warehouse store located in Danville

by Ryan J. Degan / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Wed, Dec 16, 2020, 3:46 pm

In a split decision during its meeting Tuesday, the San Ramon Planning Commission approved plans for a new 32-pump Costco gas station, a hotly debated project that some residents have taken issue with because of traffic and environmental concerns.

The commission voted 3-1 to approve the project during a nearly four hour meeting on Tuesday, after finding that the gas station would not adversely affect the city in a way that violated city policies.

"I've gotten to the point where I'm still uncomfortable with the scale of this project but I can't think of any solid reason to say no," commissioner Rick Marks said Tuesday.

"I have the feeling that the analysis that was done was as good as it could have been, and I have no problem with the professional work that was done either from the traffic people or from the air quality people. I don't believe that any other studies from another organization or more data is going to do anything other than add to people saying 'what's wrong with that study,'" he added.

Proposed to be located at the site of the Office Depot building on 3111 Fostoria Way, the gas station will serve the Costco warehouse store located across the city's border within Danville town limits; the Danville Costco Station located at 3150 Fostoria Way currently does not have a gas station.

The project will 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.

Some residents have expressed concerns over perceived traffic and environmental issues that could arise from the project, including a significant increase to traffic along Fostoria Way and a decrease in air quality resulting from the number of vehicles and gas station facilities.

The lone dissenting vote came from commissioner Howard Frank, who was left unconvinced that the project wouldn't cause detrimental harm to the city and neighborhood.

"I think Costco has made a compelling case that fueling, position, size, has no bearing on demand and will actually reduce idle times," Frank said. "On the other hand, much of the traffic study, and in turn some of the data that went into the air quality study, was based on what are admittedly proprietary numbers that are not fully known. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Costco -- and it's their right -- has not been entirely transparent on those numbers; and in my mind that prevents what I believe to be a fair apples-to apples-analysis."

Commissioner Gary Alpert recused himself from the conversation, saying he would do so out of an abundance of caution because he has a financial interest in the Costco Corporation.

Any resident opposed to the project has until Monday Dec. 28 to file an appeal challenging the project. If an appeal does go through, the gas station would be sent to the City Council for final deliberations.

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Mike Paul
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Danville
on Jan 4, 2021 at 6:13 am
Mike Paul, Danville
Registered user
on Jan 4, 2021 at 6:13 am

Do we really need more gas stations?
Because of the pandemic, people are driving less and working from home more often. This will continue even after the pandemic situation is resolved. In 2020, gas consumption averaged 8.1 million barrels per day vs. 9.3 million in 2018 and 2019. In addition, the use of gasoline powered vehicles is declining. The introduction and consumer enthusiastic acceptance of electric powered vehicles combined with the growing environmental regulations, will eventually make gasoline powered cars and trucks obsolete. Governor Newsom's plan is to phase out the sale of internal combustion engines by 2035.
What about the six gas stations in the immediate area (2 Chevron, 2 Shell, a Texaco and a Valero) which will be impacted by the Costco gas station? Will some close, making it less convenient for those wanting to get gas at the intersection of Crow Canyon Rd and 680? How will their possible closings effect revenue currently received by the City of San Ramon?


peter z
Registered user
Danville
on Feb 13, 2021 at 9:22 pm
peter z, Danville
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on Feb 13, 2021 at 9:22 pm

costco warehouse on one side, gas stations on the opposite site: I can visualize cars zipping across the street from one costco to the other, accidents waiting to happen or/and traffic jam. Currently, just try to drive from Office Depot to/from Costco, you seen what i mean.


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