The San Ramon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the 295-acre on Tuesday night, the Contra Costa Times reports.
The approval comes after years of deliberations on what the long-term development future should be for the area between Fostoria Way down to Executive Parkway and Interstate 680 across to Alcosta Boulevard.
The plan would likely take decades to become a reality and doesn't force property owners to invest in developments until they see fit.
The Times quoted Lauren Barr, a senior planner for the city, saying, "The next step is to see what property owners are thinking and when they are thinking of doing things...Right now, we have no proposals."
But, when and if it is completed, the area will have retail storefront, restaurants, commercial services, two-story mixed-use buildings and residential housing. A parking garage would go up where City Hall currently sits.
Originally, the plan called for 1,500 housing units but the council struck that down to 1,124.
The idea behind the plan is "smart growth" — a place where residents can live close to work (Bishop Ranch) and also live close to the amenities they want (retail, restaurants, ect.).
The plan does factor in a new off-ramp being build on Norris Canyon Road, that has faced resistance from some members of the community. But staff said the plan could still move forward even if the controversial HOV off-ramp is built.
You can review the full plan here.
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