By Chris DeBenedetti
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 4:13 pm in Uncategorized.
26 residents spoke against it. Just one spoke for it. The Fremont City Council voted 5-0 to ask the developer to go back to the drawing board and address residents’ and council members’ concerns. (I think it would have been defeated 3-2 if the proposal, as is, had gone to a council vote Tuesday.)
I’m talking about the so-called Fremont Gateway Planned District, a project that drew a standing-room-only crowd at the Council Chambers on Tuesday night.
Tom Armstrong of HMH Engineers, representing the project developer, Tim Lewis Communities, told council members Tuesday that they planned to build 63 detached houses on a 4.6-acre property at the intersection of Beard Road and Fremont Boulevard.
But two-dozen-plus residents asked the council to reject the project, saying they had concerns about traffic, pollution, pedestrian safety, parking and the development’s lack of open space.
When a majority of council members said they were going to vote against the proposal, Mayor Bill Harrison made a motion to ask the developer to address residents’ concerns and bring a new plan back for council approval at a later date. The five-member council unanimously approved Harrison’s motion.
For a summary of the item at Tuesday’s council meeting, click here.