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Land Use (News)

Long awaited Pleasanton development moves toward construction

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:18am
PLEASANTON -- The city council took action on three items Tuesday whose outcomes could affect the future landscape of the city.

Council members voted to approve development on the Staples Ranch site, ending years of delays and moving forward with the city's biggest development project since the Hacienda Business Park back in the early 1980s.

Pleasanton council will pay out $2 million, wipe voter-approved housing cap from its records

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 2:56pm

PLEASANTON -- The city will pay out $2 million and wipe any trace of a voter-approved housing cap from its records in a settlement with an environmental justice group that sued the city.

Urban Habitat claimed the cap, which set the maximum number of housing units in the city at 29,000, prevented Pleasanton from providing its share of affordable housing,

City Council Approves Settlement Agreement in Housing Cap Lawsuit

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 12:31pm

City councilmembers unanimously approved a settlement agreement in the housing cap lawsuit during last night's meeting. 

By approving the agreement, city staffers can move ahead with executing the terms of the agreement. These items include:

  • A payment of $995,000 to plaintiffs, Urban Habitat, within 30 days. Another $995,000 will be paid off no later than July 31, 2011.
  • Removing the housing cap from the General Plan. Instead, the city will consider other"growth management" strategies that are consistent with state laws.
  • Rezoning of three sites in the Hacienda Business Park development project will have to incorporate state requirements. The agreement calls for, among other things, a set of development guidelines that sets a minimum density of 30 units per acre and allows for at least 15 percent of the housing units to be affordable housing.
  • Updating the City Housing Element to include discussion, identification and inclusion of housing for all income levels.
  • Adopting a resolution on non-discrimination housing policies and preparing a Climate Action Plan to address concerns on how the city analyzes environmental impacts of development projects.

Council signs off on agreement to scuttle housing cap, build more affordable housing

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 12:24pm

The Pleasanton City Council agreed last night to pay $1.9 million in legal fees to two affordable housing coalitions in a 4-0 vote that also scuttled the city's voter-approved 1996 housing cap that was designed to prevent runaway residential growth.

Pleasanton approves deal to end lawsuit over housing in the city

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:23am

PLEASANTON — The City Council has agreed to kill off a voter-approved limit on the number of homes that can be built in Pleasanton.

Tuesday night's 4-0 decision settles a lawsuit filed against the city by Urban Habitat over the city's 29,000-home cap approved by voters in 1996. Urban Habitat claimed that the limit doesn't allow the city to meet its obligations to provide affordable housing.

Pleasanton’s battle for local control over housing could reverberate around California

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:18am

Pleasanton officials expect a plan they will unveil next week will resolve a dispute that has stalled the city’s housing plans.

The outcome of the lawsuit at the core of the dispute could set a precedent for how California cities plan for housing and meet state-mandated requirements.

Council approves plan to scuttle housing cap, open up more land for low-income housing

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:14am

The City Council Tuesday approved a tentative settlement agreement with two affordable housing coalitions and the state attorney general's office that will scuttle Pleasanton's 29,000-unit housing cap and set aside undeveloped acreage for high density housing for low-income residents.

The council also agreed to pay fees to the housing coalition attorneys totaling $1.9 million in two installments. With the settlement agreement in place. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown agreed to waive the costs incurred by his office in suing the city and in joining in arguments n behalf of the housing coalitions.


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