PLEASANTON — If at very first you don’t be successful, try, try, check out again. With this sort of dedication, a Pleasanton citizens group is attempting to throw another monkey wrench into Costco’s program to create a retail store in the city.
The Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Advancement on Jan. 15 submitted a petition asking a point out appellate court docket to block the challenge, which an Alameda County judge dominated in November could commence, team member Matt Sullivan verified this 7 days.
The team had submitted its 2nd lawsuit past March to end the plan, alleging that an environmental affect report for the space where Costco is slated to be created was inadequate.
Costco wishes to open a new store on a 40-acre site the moment occupied by Clorox in close proximity to Stoneridge Drive and the Interstate 680 and 580 interchange, in the Johnson Push Economic Enhancement Zone. The retail outlet would be 148,600 square ft and occur with a detached 20-pump fuel station.
Two lodges, a Springhill Suites and Town Put Suites, and a travel-by way of coffee store also have been permitted by the town for the identical lot in the to start with stage of the task, alongside with Costco. Prepared for the 2nd period are normal retail, maybe a brewpub, health club or health and fitness clubs, or dining places.
The group’s lawsuit zeroed in on the environmental impact report that the Metropolis Council authorised past February, questioning the air top quality computer system styles utilized to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions of targeted visitors in the region. It also managed that the environmental evaluate did not examine the cumulative influence of new advancement in close by Dublin and Pleasanton in close proximity to the I-580/I-680 interchange, such as the newer Workday headquarters on Stoneridge Shopping mall Highway or the proposed IKEA job in Dublin.
But Alameda County Superior Court Decide Frank Roesch identified the environmental report “adequately regarded as the cumulative website traffic and air good quality impacts” of three nearby Dublin initiatives.
“We respectfully disagree with the demo judge’s check out that the closing EIR for the JDEDZ (Johnson Generate Economic Development Zone) pretty regarded the cumulative impacts on targeted visitors and air high-quality of the Costco challenge in tandem with the Ikea, Kaiser, ‘At Dublin’, and other large, visitors-producing advancement jobs permitted in Dublin in the previous five yrs just after the EIR’s investigation was executed,” Sullivan said in a assertion. The “At Dublin” undertaking proposed including 566-models, but was rejected by the Dublin City Council in July.
The allegations in previous year’s lawsuit ended up very similar to the 1 it submitted in December 2016. The earlier just one said there was insufficient information and facts about the project’s air top quality impact on close by Stoneridge Apartment Complicated on Stoneridge Mall Street and that a lot more time was essential for community consideration of the venture.
In response to the initially lawsuit, the council in September 2018 rescinded the environmental report and came again with a revised 1 in February that includes far more air quality examination.
The struggle over Costco’s proposal started even ahead of the lawsuits. In 2016, a citizens referendum was place on the ballot for the November election that yr. Measure MM requested voters to ban retail huge box merchants of 50,000 square ft or more in the Johnson Travel region, but voters rejected it, with 63% voting “no.”
Next Measure MM’s defeat, the council authorized the first environmental effects report, which prompted Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Development to find ample signatures for a different referendum in 2016. The team unsuccessful to acquire the necessary variety of signatures and much less than a thirty day period afterwards, in December 2016, it submitted the very first lawsuit.
No date has nonetheless been set for a hearing on the group’s petition with the appellate court.