In 2014, the City Council directed staff to explore the potential for a pilot project along Johnson Drive. The Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ) is a proposal to spur investment in approximately 40 acres of mostly under-utilized or vacant land situated along Johnson Drive near Stoneridge Drive and I-680.
The Pleasanton City Council voted on July 19,
At that time the City also undertook a Comparative Analysis (published in August 2016) comparing the environmental, fiscal and economic effects of the JDEDZ to the program that would be implemented as part of the initiative measure. The measure was ultimately defeated by voters (approximately 63 percent of voters voted to reject the measure) on November 8, 2016, potentially allowing the JDEDZ to move forward if supported by Council.
The City Council then approved the JDEDZ on November 7, 2017, which included certification of the environmental and economic analysis, amendment of the City’s General Plan, rezoning of the properties to allow an expanded set of uses, and adoption of development standards and design guidelines for the project area. Later, on April 17, 2018, the City Council adopted the JDEDZ Transportation fee to recoup costs for transportation infrastructure from future development in the
In December 2017, a group of citizens filed a lawsuit challenging the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document that was certified for the project. Two allegations were made – that insufficient information was provided regarding air quality effects of the JDEDZ on the Stoneridge Apartment Complex on Stoneridge Mall Road; and that more time was needed for public consideration of the economic impact analysis.
On September 18, 2018, the City Council voted to rescind the current JDEDZ approvals in favor of additional review to address any concerns associated with the project and to avoid further delays and costly litigation. Results of the additional environmental review and economic impact analysis will be recirculated for public comment after which the Planning Commission and City Council may once again consider reapproving the JDEDZ, likely in early 2019. Until then, the Costco and hotel projects will remain on hold and no further applications will be considered.
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