SAN RAMON -- A petition signed by more than 300 residents opposing the Faria Preserve housing development was presented to the city Tuesday night, during the Planning Commission's public hearing on the controversial project.

Several residents voiced their concerns about the 740-unit housing development that is planned in the northwest part of the city, near Interstate 680, north of Crow Canyon Road and east of Bollinger Canyon Road. They urged the commission to consider the environmental and aesthetic impacts of the hillside development, as well as what they claim will be a lack of schools and excessive traffic that would result from the project.

The project would include a mix of single-family houses, townhouses, apartments, senior housing and parcels for a church and sports fields. Lafferty Communities is trying to build the development on 450 acres once owned by Claremont Homes. The Planning Commission and City Council originally approved Claremont's plans to build 786 units there in 2006, but it had to alter its plan after lawsuits were filed in 2008 by the East Bay Regional Park District and Sierra Club.

After the hearing, the commission voted unanimously to continue the public discussion to its May 6 meeting, where it will present its order of conditions for the project and decide whether to send the plan to the City Council for a final vote.

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