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San Ramon reviewing pair of proposed apartment complexes

Original post made on Feb 20, 2017

The San Ramon Planning Commission on Tuesday is set to take an early look at design concepts for two apartment complexes proposed to sit a couple blocks apart on the northwest side of the city.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 20, 2017, 12:53 PM

Comments (26)

a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm

It's time for residents to stand up to the City of SR and demand them stop the building. Faria preserve is going to already overwhelm Twin Creeks Elementary school and the addition of hundreds of more apartments will also add to the overcrowding. Yes, the schools in SR are in such demand and real estate is high so many families will pack in a small apartment to get into the school district. GREED GREED GREED. Stop the building NOW.

Posted by concerned parent
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

I'm very concerned with City Senior Planner Lauren Barr's comments. Of all her concerns about the two projects, not one comment about where all of the several hundred additional children will go to school. Twin Creeks Elementary School is already overcrowded with different grades sharing classrooms, and lets not get started with the several thousand children that will be going there when the houses on the hill are built. Bad City of San Ramon Planning Department and Planning Commission, you should be ashamed. My children will end up having to share one teacher with 50-75 other children...... or more. The school cannot even afford to have a safety fence around the entire property like all other SRVUSD schools, how are they going to afford to build more classrooms.

Oh, and what about the traffic? Does the city not have a Traffic Engineer do a plan review?

I'm utterly disgusted by this upcoming daily nightmare for my family and all of the other families in this community. STOP THE DEVELOPMENT!!!!

Posted by Sur
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

It looks like San Ramon is becoming a Dublin clone. I never thought I'd see the day a five-story structure would even be considered in San Ramon.

Posted by DG McDonald
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

The Golden Skate is a community treasure and should stay in its current location. Greed is killing our community.

Posted by Jack
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

The city is prohibited by state law from considering the impact on local schools when reviewing residential projects. It is up to the school district to collect impact fees and provide classroom space.

Posted by ddmom
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 21, 2017 at 9:10 am

I agree with all the previous comments. What happens to Morgans? Where will it go and where will we be able to shop for landscaping supplies? We already have to leave San Ramon for most of our shopping needs and restaurants. Apartments also bring more crime. Look at Promontory Terrace.

Posted by Doug
a resident of Diablo
on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm

I'm excited to see this. For too long we've exported our kids (and grandkids) to other cities and states once they move out. It would be great to have more choices for housing nearby. Hopefully they will build some senior housing next!

Posted by Carol
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

@Doug. If I can assume you are from Diablo as your post suggests, you will not have to see or experience this cracker box eyesore. The folks in SR will endure all the problems and the additional people. If such a plan was being considered in your area, I would assume you would oppose such expansion which would impact the bucolic living in which you're accustomed.

Posted by Kim
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm

I am in shock, Danville prides themselve on the " Small home town feel" and to add over 500 homes to such a small area and really take away a amazing land mark and great out let for our kids is a shame. Where are all these kids going to school? Most have a big wait list in the place. SMH so sad to see what this place would become if that happened,

Posted by Laura
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Please do not let this happen. It would be so terrible for the community, the traffic, schools, crimes, and over crowding. Stop the building.

Posted by J. smith
a resident of Danville
on Feb 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Where does the city of San Ramon expect these kids to go to school? Our school which is not far from this planned project already has a wait list. Is the planning council considering the horrible traffic this will create? Is anyone looking for out for all of us surrounding residence?? Please DO not turn Beautiful San Ramon into another Dublin! My husband and I paid more than we could Afford to live her so we could enjoy the green Hills, small town feel, schools, and lack of horrible traffic!

Posted by Shannon
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm

You can't tear down Golden Skate! It's a treasure to the community and lots of people have good memories attached to it. There are enough ridiculous apartment buildings around please leave it alone. Put the apartments somewhere else.

Posted by M Gupta
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Stop the tear down of the skating rink! We DO NOT need more housing//traffic!!! People love the skating rink!

Posted by Tom
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

Did any of you attend the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday night to express your opinion? The Planning Commission doesn't read this.

Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2017 at 9:10 am

not only do apartments, for whatever reason or good hearted purpose, bring greater number of persons with cars BUT ALSO more students with many problems which impact the quality of schools

Why kill what super schools that are here now?
More people always impact any good, quality programs with demands for something at the COST TO LOCAL TAXPAYERS!!!!

Posted by Carol
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

The vision of the planning commission is demonstrated as you drive Dougherty Rd and view the building bohemith that is Dougherty Valley, which at least provided planning for schools. The negative impact these developments have on preexisting neighborhoods can be realized in our daily existence. Overburdened schools, streets, community services can forever change the spiritual climate of a city leaving its residents feeling misrepresented and abandoned. Choose wisely planning commission our eyes are watching, and our votes participate in eliminating bad choices.

Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

Did anybody read Jack's comment above? The city is prohibited from considering school crowding in it's planning decisions. That is state law. It is up to the school district to find space for all students. Similar law prohibits cities from considering water resources in planning decisions. The local water district must provide the water.

Posted by concerned
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm

This is a concern to say the least. The number of new developments in the area are creating a an unhealthy environment. The population growth have created so many social and economical issues in the bay Area and The city of San Ramon has turned a blind eye for the single purpose of Greed.

Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

Small minded so-called leadership brings on more and bigger worse living conditions for all!!!!

When have these leaders thought through the big negative impact they have on their communities?

In a very narrow valley, with the freeway being taken over by the state with controlled lanes, BRINGS MORE BAD ENVIRONMENtAL IMPACT ON THIS VERY NARROW VALLEY TO ALL.

Posted by Kristine L
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:51 am

We are San Ramon not Dublin! Let's preserve what is left of our beautiful, desirable city. And also keep our crime rate low! Our PD has always done an excellent job keeping us safe and they don't need additional issues due to growth.

Posted by San Ramon resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 23, 2017 at 11:13 am

These comments are great, but let's remember THE COMMENTS ARE NOT READ BY THE CITY LEADERS! You must attend a Planning Commission meeting, City Council meeting or call one of the City Council members. Unfortunately, the response you may receive is the City of San Ramon's General Plan approved this type of growth which the voters approved years ago - answer I got when I called the mayor about Faria Ranch. Still, the citizens must be heard now! Call or go to a meeting!

Posted by retired planner
a resident of Danville
on Feb 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Jack is right, there is a state law that planners/commission cannot use school impact for development reviews but as a retired planner, not from this jurisdiction, there are ways to get around this law. This is a very sad time for our entire Tri-Valley community.

Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

Retired Planner,

Sir, what ways are there to get around these laws?

Should our current planners and town folk be aware of these get arounds?

Hopefully, these folks will put community health and decongestation before greed or profit.


Posted by Sorrow
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm

This is horribly sad to see. I am wondering what possible positives that this could have for the city to even consider it. It must solely come down to money and greed (or people getting paid under the table). These developments do no bring anything positive to this wonderful city that the council is slowly ruining. So sad and disheartening:(

Posted by Westside Dave
a resident of Danville
on Feb 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Nobody here should really be surprised by these proposals. The cities of Danville and San Ramon have been selling out to developers for decades now. Unfortunately the council incumbents who are running the show continually get voted back in, go figure. Traffic in the area is already a joke, that's a given anymore. The local schools will take the biggest hit I'm afraid. It's all about the tax revenues, always has been. I'm with San Ramon Rez, go to the town hall meetings, even though they most likely have already made up their minds.

Posted by Jack
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Sorrow - do you really believe that Planning Commissioners or City Councilmembers are getting "paid under the table"? Do you have any evidence? If you do, please contact the FBI Public Corruption Division or the county DA's office. If you don't, then don't make the inflammatory accusations.

Have any of you considered that property owners have rights too?

If you object to these proposals, then go to the Planning Commission meetings where these proposals are discussed. Complaining on this website achieves nothing. Only testimony at public meetings is considered.

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