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San Ramon begins environmental review for 4,500 housing units in Bishop Ranch

Original post made on Sep 26, 2019

The city of San Ramon has begun the process of preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for the City Center Mixed Use Master Plan, which includes 4,500 housing units proposed in Bishop Ranch.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 26, 2019, 2:41 PM


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Posted by Rick
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 26, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Housing price in San Ramon is already under pressure for a year. The added 4500 will certainly make it worse besides the traffic nightmare it creates. We already have so many people in San Ramon but most of them commute to Silicon Valley and it makes San Ramon a big sleepy commuter town. We need more corporation to move in here, not residential.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 8:57 am

What's the use of building homes that no one can afford. This is why the town is dead and commuter town. No sense of community and places to feel like I want to hang out in San Ramon. They need to work on bringing companies closer to home and not build million dollar homes that no one can afford. Stop this project.

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Posted by GP
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 9:33 am

I think there is no point in building more residential homes when there is no scope for jobs in this community
We spend 3 hrs daily on commute, so we need more companies to create tech jobs and improve the traffic congestion
Aslo prices are going to drop, if more homes are built

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Posted by Steven Spedowfski
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 10:17 am

Steven Spedowfski is a registered user.

The residential units proposed are all apartment units. Studio to three bedroom, mostly one and two room units. A percentage of the units will be set at affordable rates designed for local workforce employees (teachers, service workers, first time renters, etc.).

The City created a webpage for more information. Video links to public meetings and all documents related to the proposal are posted at Web Link

Steven Spedowfski
Deputy City Manager
City of San Ramon

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Posted by DKM
a resident of Danville
on Sep 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

Funny... I see no mention of the impact on schools.

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Posted by Stifler
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 12:48 pm

This zone was originally zoned for business and it should stay that way. 4500 more families onto bollinger are you serious? What about impact on schools and existing infrastructure? You have exposed above ground utility lines in south san ramon how about taking care of those before adding more commuter population to flood the roads and schools??

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Posted by Chris P.
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 1:05 pm

The whole point of going to yesterday’s meeting was to see the plan. It’s not 4600 new homes. It’s apartments and townhomes. I think people from San Ramon May want to sell their large homes and buy or rent in the new downtown just like what happened in downtown Walnut Creek 10 years ago. It’ll give people that work in San Ramon an opportunity to live where they work instead of driving for hours every day.
Our city is mandated to build new residences by the state so better to build here in BR than on our golf courses or on our hills!

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Posted by Anand
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 3:55 pm

This is simply irresponsible. We need more businesses like Google and Facebook's coming to San Ramon not build houses. Would you want to live on a super congested and expensive island that does not have much choices in way of earning livelihood on that island? Don't make San Ramon that congested island.

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Posted by Peter Villalobos
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

I came to Danville in 1986.I loved the small town feel. The community based reasoning in the surrounding communities.This area is turning into a corridor San Jose.Where every single plot of land has to be developed.Wall to wall concrete and high rises.Whose getting rich from this? Very few.Build there on the corner of Camino Ramon and Bollinger and you will kill the awesome view of the Las Trampas hill range to the west from the Iron Horse trail. There is no charm in these towns anymore. Just "Big Boy" money and ambitions.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Wow. A number of people are complaining about the effect on home prices, which is strange given that the median house in San Ramon sells for just over a million dollars. Is that not enough? I understand people wanting to look out for their interests, but at some point, it comes across as greedy (particularly as SF housing usually appreciates without lifting a finger). Keeping the gravy training rolling shouldn't be an excuse for lowering the quality of living for others, particularly younger generations.

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Posted by Steven Spedowfski
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 5:22 pm

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The State requires all cities to plan for a certain number of housing units. We must designate areas where housing can be built, the property owners and developers submit applications to build.

Currently, most of San Ramon’s areas designated for future residential development are in commercial or shopping centers. One of the City Council’s goals is to encourage development in the core of the City to minimize impacts to existing neighborhoods and build units near jobs.

This proposal will allow the City to shift the planned units away from shopping centers.

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Posted by Felix
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 27, 2019 at 5:47 pm

Yes in my back yard. San Ramon, the community where I am a home owner and choose to raise my kids, is an inclusive community. My friends, our greatness will not come from how we exclude, it will come from how we welcome. Don't fall into the bitter, exhausting, and selfish trap of "kicking the ladder" once you are already over the wall.

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Posted by Jan K
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

Google and Facebook are not coming to San Ramon.

More than 30,000 people already work in Bishop Ranch. Having those and future employees live in San Ramon is great for the environment and vibrancy of our city.

Change is exciting and I'm looking forward to it.

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Posted by jonnyboy
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm

4500 new units and SR traffic on all nearby roads/freeways is already horrendous. Upgrade the roads before allowing another unit.

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Posted by Horrace
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 1, 2019 at 8:43 pm

I agree that this will create more traffic, especially make crow canyon and bellinger canyon even worse. As others said, cities are required by the state to provide more housing. Also, I hate the school overcrowding too as I have three kids in elementary school but cities planning departments are not allowed by the state to use school overcrowding as a reason for disapproving a planned development. Environmental impact can be a disapproval but an impact to our children cannot be. Hmm, priorities

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Posted by Lynn
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

I grew up in San Ramon when my parents bought into the first new housing development in 1970. I’ve seen this town grow from a charming small town to an overcrowded city. Traffic is going to be a nightmare and the added impact on schools not to mention everything else. At what point does San Ramon and Danville stop adding new housing units? I’d also like to comment that this website has blocked the ability to like comments above because I agree with many who are against this project to overpopulate a city that has no capacity to take on additional numbers in schools, etc.