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San Ramon: Residents appeal CityWalk Master Plan; City Council to debate Tuesday

Original post made on Sep 6, 2020

The San Ramon City Council is set Tuesday to consider resident group's appeal of the CityWalk Master Plan, which includes up to 4,500 multi-family housing units in the Bishop Ranch area.

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Posted by Leti Suarez
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

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It saddens me every time I read of there being even more housing in plan for all of this area. I moved to San Ramon almost 30 years ago and it sad how the Tri-Valley To Alamo Has allowed so much housing ruining this beautiful area. Sad it’s all about the mighty dollar. Please stop!

Posted by Vince DiMaggio
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

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I am very concerned with the proposed 4500 units planned in the Bishop Ranch area. There has not been any clear directions as to where each of those units will be placed and the current residence of San Ramon deserve to know "exactly" where those units will be built....all too often projects of this nature take on a "life of their own" once they are approved and underway. The residence of San Ramon demand complete transparent disclosure before a massive project of this magnitude is approved....there can be no back room deals or dead of nite votes when it comes to a project that has this great of a far reaching impact.

The citizen impact on the poorly planned City Center mall is a clear example of planning for the sack of revenue and expediency over the inconvenience and traffic congestion endured by the citizens of San Ramon every is only temporarily relieved due to the "lock in place" caused by the Covid virus. This proposed 4500 unit project has every potential of dwarfing the negative impact that the poorly thought out mall project has had on the San Ramon community at large.

A project of this nature should be a ballot measure, voted on by the citizens of San Ramon and not just a series of mind numbing rhetoric extolling the virtues of the project while ignoring and downplaying the environmental and traffic congestion impact.

The council should be extremely aware that the mall project has been a traffic fiasco. The traffic nightmare that the mall creates during full commute time hours (which is all day long) is only an inconvenience compared to the potential devastation that this Bishop Ranch 4500 unit project can bring down upon our community. The council would be well advised to be far more in-tune to the desires and demands of the citizenry that it is supposed to represent.

Posted by Kjgamble
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 7, 2020 at 8:01 am

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As a 40 year resident of San Ramon, we have been disappointed to say the least with the deference of the city leaders to massive property developments. Gail ranch, Dougherty, Bollinger and now this. As time goes on, the neighborhoods get more in disarray and less manicured. The houses are built so close together that they may as well be connected. The traffic is ridiculous and there’s litter where there did not used to be. These cheesy strip malls and that disaster called the city center look horrid. San Ramon has turned into a crappy, shabby overly populated town with a lopsided demographic that is evidenced by the restaurant limitations we now have here. There are 3500 kids at California high school with huge class sizes. Have you ever been to Fremont? This is the next Fremont. Ugh. Selling our house...

Posted by ExSanRamonian
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 7, 2020 at 9:14 pm

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This is the next Fremont Kjgamble. It's not like it used to be in this city. I remember growing up and having block parties on Labor Day right before school started. My m who still lives in San Ramon who went to greet someone new in the neighborhood got a very unfriendly greet at the door like she was a solicitor. They even refused to take the treats she baked them. It's the people coming from Fremont who have no interest in making the community better. They just come, take advantage of the schools, then find the "next San Ramon". It's sad. And I guess now there they're planning 4500 units, which is upsurd, they want to vote no. It's like they forget the neighborhood's they joined and ruined. Vote your council members out. There are self interest in there. They all have their hands in the real estate game. San Ramon is long gone but at least fight for what you can get to have it be manageable.

Posted by vikee
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 8, 2020 at 9:15 am

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"Planning for Tomorrows Ghettos Today!"
That should be the slogan for these projects! City Walk Master Plan, or whatever current trendy name this "project" is being called, has NOTHING to do with San Ramon, the needs of the residents, the environment, traffic, or anything positive. It is ALL about money for some developers and their buddies, who will NOT be living in City Walk, or suffering the traffic issues, the needs of kids, students, parents, etc. HOW, pray tell, can you have a discussion or vote on a such a long-term projects of such magnitude, during a pandemic?! Life has changed forever, or haven't you noticed?. People are, and will be, living differently, shopping differently, working differently. How can anyone "plan" for the future when we are in the middle of a pandemic? We DON'T KNOW how things will shake out, we can't plan for a "future" when we don't know how to live in the NOW. How will people be working in the "future"? Do we need business complexes, will everyone work from home? Will people want to go out to shop, or will it mostly all be online? Look at all the "dead malls" in the area. That is what this ridiculous City Walk is doomed to be. A project of this magnitude can't be planned over three decades. I am glad that, if this project passes muster, I won't be here to see it. This is a project that has NO PLACE in our lives, as they are now. It CAN'T be "planned." We don't even know how to live our lives right now. How can you "plan" for the unknown? Don't do it!

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