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Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ)

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, 2016 on a citizen backed initiative designed to prohibit retail uses of 50,000 square feet or greater within the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ). The Council voted to place the "Citizens for Planned Growth in the Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone" initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

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 JDEDZ.

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.

Meeting Documents:

September 18, 2018 City Council Agenda Report

February 20, 2018 City Council Agenda Report

November 7, 2017 City Council Agenda Report 

October 11, 2017 Planning Commission Agenda Report

September 18, 2017 PowerPoint Presentation

September 18, 2017 City Council Agenda Report 

August 29, 2017 PowerPoint Presentation 

August 29, 2017 City Council Agenda Report 

August 16, 2016 City Council Agenda Report

April 12, 2016 Joint City Council and Planning Commission Agenda Report

November 12, 2015 Community Meeting Summary

October 22, 2015 Community Meeting Summary

September 23, 2015 Planning Commission Staff Report

April 15, 2014 City Council Agenda Report

Environmental Impact Report Documents:

DSEIR/FSEIR Recirculation Memo prepared by Environmental Sciences Associates (ESA) (June 2017) 

Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) Response to Comments (March 2016) 

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) (September 2015)

Other Reports:

Supplemental Comparative Analysis (August 2016)

Annual Net Fiscal Impact Analysis (March 2016)

Economic Impact Analysis (March 2016)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

FAQs on Environmental Impact Reports Challenge to JDEDZ-Updated September 26, 2018 

Johnson Drive EDZ FAQs - Updated August 2017