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Published April 5, 2010

PLEASANTON COURT DECISION

A judgment against the City of Pleasanton was recently handed down from the California Superior Court regarding the city's lack of compliance with state Housing Element law. The judgment immediately voids Pleasanton's housing cap, requires that land for housing required under the previous state planning period be made available by right and suspends Pleasanton's ability to issue non-residential permits until the matters identified in the judgment are resolved.

Effect of Judgment
There are a number of issues and questions raised as a result of this ruling. One of the chief concerns is the ability of the city to issue routine permits for construction, tenant improvements and related matters. While the final resolution to this situation is still unknown at present, the city has developed a process by which permits can be submitted to the court and approved. It is recommended that those needing permits from the city continue to submit their applications and expect that the permits will be processed with only minimal delay. City staff are in the process of getting additional clarification on the ruling from the court and have promised to report back to Hacienda as soon as more information is available. 

Upcoming Pleasanton City Council Meetings
The Pleasanton City Council is reserving a portion of at least one, and possibly two, upcoming council meetings to discuss the matter with the public and to receive comments on potential responses which include either, or some combination, of: appealing the decision, agreeing to the decision or negotiating a settlement. The first of these meetings will be held on April 6, 2010. The second, if it occurs, is tentatively scheduled for April 20, 2010. A copy of the staff report for the upcoming meeting can be found at: http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/WEBLINK8/DocView.aspx?id=226900&page=1&dbid=0. Members of the business community are encouraged to direct comments and recommendations about the city's response to the law suit either prior to or at these meetings. 

Additional Information
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Contact Information
Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
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