FREMONT -- Heeding the call of dozens of residents, the City Council asked developers who want to build more than 60 homes in the Northgate neighborhood to go back to the drawing board.

Tom Armstrong of HMH Engineers, representing the project developer, Tim Lewis Communities, told council members Tuesday that they planned to build 63 detached houses on a 4.6-acre property at the intersection of Beard Road and Fremont Boulevard.

But 26 residents spoke at the meeting and asked council to reject the project, known the Fremont Gateway Planned District. The neighbors cited concerns about traffic, pollution, pedestrian safety, parking and the development's lack of open space. "I'm aware that Fremont wants to create as much housing as possible," said Steve Cho, a neighborhood resident and former councilman. "We're not opposed to housing, just this particular project."

One resident, Bobby McDonald, spoke in favor of the plan, saying the project would be better than a gas station or an apartment building.

When a majority of council members said they were going to vote against the proposal, Mayor Bill Harrison made a motion to ask the developer to address residents' concerns and bring a new plan back for council approval at a later date. The five-member council unanimously approved Harrison's motion.

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