Downtown Specific Plan Update

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Project Overview:  In 2016, the City Council gave the go ahead to start an update of the Downtown Specific Plan.  This plan is the City’s guide for land use, housing, circulation, environmental, economic development, and public investment policies for downtown Pleasanton. 

We recognize that downtown is the heart of Pleasanton, so it is essential that its development and preservation be guided in a thoughtful way, which is why we have a Downtown Specific Plan (adopted in 2002). The Specific Plan succeeded in its goal of improving upon the commercial and residential viability of the downtown area while also preserving the traditions of our small-town character and scale.

The underlying principles of the downtown area, with its inviting streetscape, pedestrian-friendly scale, distinct design character and ambiance, will continue to serve as our guide as we undertake this latest update the Downtown Specific Plan.  The planning process will be guided by a ten member ad hoc Downtown Specific Plan Update Task Force comprised of two City Council representatives, two Planning Commissioners, two Pleasanton Downtown Association representatives, one Economic Vitality Committee (EVC) member, and three at-large representatives.

For information on the Task Force, please visit www.ptowndtown.orgWe invite you to participate in helping us shape the future of downtown Pleasanton. Community members are welcome to participate at all stages of the planning process. For opportunities to get involved, Task Force information and meeting dates and times, visit

The Specific Plan update will address a number of key issues in the Planning Area. The following is a preliminary list of issues identified for further study, though additional topics will be explored based on community input and priorities:

  • The most desirable mix of land uses, including residential, retail, and office uses throughout the Downtown Specific Plan area, including ground floor uses along Main Street that encourage pedestrian activity and strengthen the economic base and vitality of Downtown Pleasanton
    1. Design improvements and public investment throughout the Downtown Specific Plan area

      Future development opportunities for the Civic Center site

    2. Connections from Main Street to side streets

    3. Multi-modal mobility in the Planning Area (movement of cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians)

    For more information, please visit, or contact Stefanie Ananthan, Office Manager by email, or phone (925) 931-5602.