Working to:

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

Council Majority of Thorne, Narum and Pentin Vote YES for 3-story maximum with zoning for additional housing downtown. Brown votes NO. Testa recused.


  • By a 3:1 vote, Plans to relocate City government offices, the Library and more to the Bernal Park, took a giant leap forward by the Council majority. Also included in the plan is a rezoning on this site to “Mixed-Use Downtown” (commercial under 2-story residential). The building heights will be raised to a 46 feet limit with a 3-story maximum, with an option for 124 housing units. It is likely the city will attempt to gain maximum profit from the sale of the current Civic Center property land, to fund part of the down payment on an a lavish $200 million-plus government complex. While this entire project above is subject to voter approval, we feel this is a boondoggle for developers and a huge expense to the Pleasanton residents.

  • By a 3:1 vote, the Barone’s Restaurant owners received approval for BOTH commercial and residential zoning. Condos or apartments on this site will be a disappointment for most residents looking for increased vibrancy downtown.

  •  By a 3:1 vote, the Shell gas station on First Street and Vineyard received approval for residential with commercial zoning. The Council majority approved the potential for 3-story houses (2-story living space over 1-story garage) up to 30 feet in height. The developer is currently requesting 10 units that are 3-stories tall on a 0.6-acre site.   

  •  All 4 Council members agreed, we need more parking downtown. The Downtown Association and Chamber were tasked to find options..


September 20, 2019

The majority of the Pleasanton City Council voted to add zoning for new housing and increase building heights in many parts of the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) during the August 20 meeting. This was despite thousands of survey results, hundreds of emails and appearances at meetings over the past several years by residents asking for strict limits on` new housing, 2-story building limits, and a ban on all 3-story buildings like those on Peters and Spring Streets. Both residents and businesses agreed, we need more parking downtown

Ultimately, the Council majority direction was not aligned with the residents’ feedback.  

Here are a few examples of the concerns we have:

Pleasanton Voters

Kelly Cousins, President
Sandy Yamaoda, Secretary
Al Exner, Treasurer
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