Commission urges more design work on proposed small subdivision downtown | News – California News

Commission urges more design work on proposed small subdivision downtown | News – California News

Pleasanton planning commissioners indicated support Wednesday for the concept of subdividing three neighboring Augustine Street parcels into six residential lots but said more work needed to be done to bring the development proposal more in line with their design goals for that part of downtown.

The plans submitted by Dale Morris of Valley Brokers call for converting the narrow and deep lots into space for six smaller parcels, expanding the three existing single-story houses at the front properties, adding a trio of two-story houses behind them and creating a driving lane for access back to the new homes.

All four commissioners said they liked the idea of the new lots — an infill project that increases housing downtown in detached homes, as opposed to apartments — but they wanted more design improvements to the existing houses at the front and smaller house designs for the new ones at the back.

“Conceptually, I think it’s the right direction for us to go,” Commissioner David Nagler said during a sparsely attended public workshop Wednesday night at the Pleasanton Civic Center.

“On the front parcels, there are improvements that I would like to see more of,” Nagler added. “The buildings in the back, the proposed homes, I believe that while the height is completely appropriate, their mass is not appropriate to the site.”

The project site, owned by Frank Abboud, consists of 0.59 acres in all with three smaller single-story houses each with a one-car garage at 4664, 4676 and 4682 Augustine St., located between the downtown business center and the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The current proposal from Valley Brokers calls for remodeling the 925-square-foot house at…

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