SAN RAMON -- An ambitious transit-oriented development plan for 295 acres around Bishop Ranch came one step closer to being a done deal Tuesday night.
The City Council reached a consensus that the plan -- called the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan -- should include only 1,124 housing units, not the proposed 1,500 homes, and agreed to revisit the plan's policy language to encourage tax sharing and other revenue sharing as new development in the area occurs.
City staff members will resubmit the revised plan to the council on July 24 for review, and possibly a vote for approval.
The plan is not a development project, but a framework for development, said city senior planner Lauren Barr.
The plan outlines a vision for a mixed-use district that is pedestrian- and bike-friendly, with a transit center, and a blend of retail, service retail and housing near new and existing jobs. The plan calls for a central common area and a village green surrounded by retail stores, restaurants and multifamily residential units.
"It's really a planning document, a guiding document, for the next 20 years for the area," Barr said. "It's property owner driven."
The plan gives property owners a development guide if they decide to make changes to their properties or begin new projects, he explained.
Barr estimated that once built out, the plan would increase city expenses for services by $2.8 million, and increase revenue from property
The North Camino Ramon Specific Plan area extends from the northern city limits to Executive Parkway to the south, Interstate 680 on the west and Alcosta Boulevard to the east. It is accessed primarily by Crow Canyon Road, off I-680.
The area is currently characterized by large underused parcels with large parking lots, and include manufacturing and warehouse uses, office complexes and commercial centers, according to the city website. Two of the largest property owners there are the Bishop Ranch office park and Toyota Motor Sales USA. There are no homes now in the area.
Mayor Bill Clarkson said the plan will create the type of ambience that residents would like to see in the area.
"There will be a large parkway going down the middle, restaurants, shopping," he said. "It will be a place to spend time with friends -- more of an experiential area. The intent is to have a place that you go to spend time and not just to shop."
Three speakers at Tuesday's council meeting said they are concerned the plan would result in more homes and businesses in the area that increase traffic and congestion.
"I am opposed to the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan as it is now proposed," said Patricia Baran, who lives on the area's eastern border. "Its implementation will result in too many people, too many buildings and too many cars."
Councilman Dave Hudson, a plan proponent, argued for 1,500 home units in the area and against making any further revisions, but voted with the rest of the council to lower the number of housing units to 1,124.
"We should do this now and move ahead," Hudson said.
For more information on the plan, visit http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/ncrsp/ncrmap.htm.
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