Working to:

  • Protect our Urban Growth Boundary
  • Preserve Ridgelines and Open spaces
  • Retain the best qualities of ourcity for future generations.  

The City has been working to develop a "Specific Plan" for the open land on the eastern side of Pleasanton.  In the coming months the City will be presenting a plan to rezone 1,110 acres of currently open land (with the exception of the transfer station) to allow for major development.  This planned rezoning and development includes both an expansion of our Urban Growth Boundary of 112 acres, as well as the use of reclaimed quarry land in a manner expressly contrary to its intended use as open space and a buffer of separation from Livermore.

We oppose changing the usage of this land for several reasons:

  • URBAN SEPARATOR:  This land was never intended to be developed.   Much of this land is reclaimed quarry land.  Our 1996 General Plan specified that, "The quarry lands create a valuable urban separator between Pleasanton and Livermore.   This land should be carefully studied during a future  General Plan update., and its qualities as an urban separator  should be substantially protected.  Agriculture, recreation, open space, and water management should become its primary uses as opposed to residential."
  • MOVING THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY: The people of Pleasanton approved ballot measure FF in 1996 which established with clarity the intention that the UGB's purpose is to, "distinguish areas generally suitable for urban development...from areas generally suitable for protection of long-term protection of natural resources, large lot agriculture and grazing, parks and recreation, public health and safety, sub-regionally significant wildlands, buffers between communities, and scenic ridgeline views."  Moving the UGB eastward by 112 acres for residential development violates the intent of the General Plan and also does not meet the five criteria necessary for a "minor adjustment" to be made.  The following five criterion must ALL be met in order to make a change to the UGB - (1)  are otherwise consistent with the goals and policies of the General Plan; (2) would not have significant adverse impact on agriculture, wildlife areas, or scenic ridgelines; (3) are contiguous with existing urban development or with property for which all discretionary approvals for urban development have been granted; (4) would not induce further adjustments to the boundary; and, (5) demonstrate that the  full range of urban public facilities and services will be adequately provided in an efficient  and timely manner." We believe that at the very least the proposed East Pleasanton Specific Plan does not meet criteria 4 and 5 and would therefore not qualify for expansion of the UGB.
  • LAND USE WITHIN UGB: The General Plan also makes it clear that Lower Densities should be encouraged along the inside edge of the Urban Growth Boundary to provide a transition/buffer for preventing potential conflicts with uses immediately beyond the boundary such as agriculture or wildlands.    The proposed Plan for East Pleasanton does not incorporate lower densities along the inside edge of the UGB.  This is yet another area where it does not comply with our City's long held plan for progress.

June 19, 2015
Tuesday evening, June 16, the City Council voted 3:0 to stop the East Pleasanton Specific Plan.  

This is a historic victory for Pleasanton residents.  While Council member Karla Brown consistently opposed this development plan, which ranged as high as 2,279 new homes from the outset, each time continuing the EPSP came to a vote all other Council members voted to continue this plan.

It was the residents of Pleasanton who turned out by the hundreds to express their opposition to this massive development in our already resource constrained city that ultimately caused the City Council to vote to put it on the ballot.  Knowing they had a losing cause if the residents got to vote, the land owners pulled the plug on continuing to pay for any further EPSP planning costs, which led to the Council agreeing to stop the entire process and put it in "Deep Freeze" until, at earliest, the drought is over. 

Our city still needs to digest the 1,700 new homes approved for construction as part of the State mandate, most of which are currently in the process of being built.  And Dublin has 8,787 MORE homes approved for building that have yet to be built.  We have more challenges to come as our demand for water increases, more children come to our overcrowded schools, and much more traffic further clogs our streets.

Right Now: Pleasanton leadership is planning the East Pleasanton Specific Plan (EPSP) of up to 1430 new residential homes and 1.6 million square feet of new commercial development.  Plans show part of the project will be located on over 100 acres outside of our UGB!

We think the majority of Pleasanton residents would NOT support this HUGE project, which is not required by any outside agency – and is being pushed by Pleasanton’s own elected officials.  Please help us educate you and other residents by giving us your email address for future updates, and pass along the emails of others that may be interested.  The power to protect Pleasanton is in our own hands.