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Pleasanton delays action on housing cap ruling

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 2:26pm

PLEASANTON — The city council met in closed session Tuesday to discuss an Alameda County Superior Court ruling that Pleasanton's voter-approved housing cap violates state law.

Council members met with city attorney Jonathan Lowell before their regularly scheduled meeting, but took no action. The council will wait to make a decision about the ruling until council member Jerry Thorne returns later this week from a conference in Washington D.C.

Judge Frank Roesch ruled Pleasanton's 1998 housing cap of 29,000 units prevented the city from meeting its share of regional housing needs. Urban Habitat, a regional environmental justice group, and city resident Sandra De Gregorio sued the city in 2006, saying the city did not provide enough affordable housing within its limits.

Roesch's ruling gave the city 120 days to respond. In the interim, it is not allowed to issue any non-residential building permits.