Following a lengthy public hearing at a joint San Ramon city council and planning commission meeting last month, a senior housing project that would incorporate one of the city’s oldest homes is on the table for the first regular meeting of the Commission of the new year on 18 January.
“The purpose of the second public hearing will be to continue to respond to questions and comments from the Planning Commission on the proposed SPA (specific plan amendment) and to receive further public testimony on the amendment of the WSP and the project in as a whole,” the report prepared. by city staff for Tuesday’s meeting said. “Ultimately, if both the planning commission and the city council support the SPA, then planning applications would be considered by the planning commission as the decision-making body after the approval of the SPA. As such, this public hearing will focus primarily on the SPA proposal.”
Conversations at the joint briefing on the proposed project on Dec. 21 saw lengthy debate, with many residents of the neighborhood near the historic property expressing concerns about traffic, safety and noise pollution that could accompany the project, as well as the preservation of the “El Nido” house, which has been the center of debate for more than a decade. Others expressed support for the applicant, Solhail Siddiqi, and applauded him for his understanding of the area as a local resident and his responsiveness to community feedback.
At the joint meeting, commissioners asked that staff respond to questions about the proposed project and voted to resume discussions at the Jan. 18 meeting. The second public hearing will also be informative, with no action to be taken by the commission.
One aspect of the proposed project that commissioners and city officials will need to decide on is a specific amendment to the specific Westside plan before the project can begin to get underway. This would involve changing the land use designation for the 0.7 acre site on San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Westside Drive from “park” to “residential”.