On Tuesday, the Oakley City Council will hold a public hearing after a request for a General Plan Amendment was requested that would place 63-homes along the 2300 block of Oakley Road in the City of Oakley.
The notice was issued to residents on Sept. 10 by MLC Holdings located in San Ramon requesting the General Plan amendment to re-designate 2.20 of the 9.87 acre cite from single-family residential, high density to multi-family residential, low density which would allow for the 63-homes.
This comes after a Sept. 25, 2018 meeting where the council provided feedback to the developer after the developer had asked for maximum density which would have allowed 10 additional homes.
The council is being now being asked to approve the rezone.
- Existing: Single-Family Residential, High Density (“SH”) – The purpose of the “SH” designation is provide for moderately dense single-family residential development that is consistent with suburban uses. Allowable density is between 3.8 and 5.5 dwelling units per gross acre.
- Proposed: 1) 2.20 acres Multi-Family Residential, Low Density (“ML”) –The purpose of the “ML” designation is to provide a more affordable, small lot development and to increase the availability of rental or entry-level housing at a density range of 5.5 to 9.6 dwelling units per gross acre. 2) Remaining acreage as Single-Family Residential, High Density (“SH”). The mixed land use designations will set a maximum density that matches the proposed vesting tentative map. All proposed homes are single family detached residential units
Currently under the General Plan for an R-6 District, it allows for a minimum size lot of 6,000 square feet lot size. Under the proposal, it allows for a P-1 District which is project specific. The lot sizes as proposed will be no smaller than 4,000 square feet.
According to the staff report, the applicant will be required to improve Oakley Road with an additional 15 feet of road widening, and a six foot wide sidewalk sandwiched between two eight foot wide landscape strips. Approximately 22 feet of the property at the Oakley Road frontage will be dedicated to public right of way use. The applicant will also relocate some of the existing grape vines to another location.
Staff is proposing approval of the General Plan Amendment.
This comes at the same time where across the street, another developer is seeking to place 22-homes on 4.6 acres in the 2400 block of Oakley Road with homes ranging from 1,289 square feet to 2,399 square feet in size. Back in January of 2018, the council provided feedback to the developer on this project during a work session.
Citizen Planning Advisors Summary of Comments on the project:
- Is the 17 stall parking area accessible to visitors to Holly Park? Street A and B are indicated as private; will that hinder access to these designated parking spots?
- I like the variety of structure plans and the relatively even mix.
- Currently, traffic is onerous at the intersection of Oakley Road and Live Oak at the beginning and ending of school periods at Orchard Park School. This residential development has the potential to adversely affect this condition.
- This project looks like it meets all the design guidelines. I am also happy that there are also single story houses planned in this subdivision.
- My only comment on this one is that all the rear, left, and right elevations of the various plans lack any sort of architectural features, and are noticeably blank. Not a lot of aesthetic appeal. I don’t think these are very in line with the 360 degree architecture I believe the city is trying to achieve.