Contra Costa Times | Jeremy Thomas | posted: 4/22/2015
DUBLIN — Marking a dramatic shift in policy, the City Council on Tuesday did something this city hasn’t seen in quite some time: It rejected a large development.
Citing concerns over building more houses and further burdening overcrowded schools, council members voted down a large transit-oriented, mixed-use development in the heart of the city.
Councilman and Vice Mayor Abe Gupta called the decision historic. The vote, along with the landslide defeat of the pro-growth Measure T initiative in November, he said, represent “two monumental watershed moments for Dublin.”
Council members voted 3-2 against amending the city’s General Plan, thus denying Lennar Commercial’s Dublin Green project. The project, years in the making, would have incorporated 37,000 square-feet of retail space and restaurants, and six residential neighborhoods with a total of 372 units on 28 acres, within walking distance of the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.
“Changing the General Plan is a big hairy mess and it requires us to have a ‘wow’ project that brings us something unique and different that you don’t usually see,” said Mayor David Haubert. “I don’t see a wow factor in the residential (component).”