Fremont council sends developer of Northgate housing plan back to drawing board

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.

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Whew!! I don’t think I can take all the suspense
    Will Fremont deny or approve the proposed, much needed 63 new homes for Fremont.
    I’d like to offer my opinion. As I see it Fremont residents would benefit greatly by adding 63 MORE HOMES!!! I’m mean what’s more exciting than the thought of MORE HOMES!!

    You never disappoint

  2. Sounds like sour grapes from the Developer or someone who has something to gain from this poorly designed INFILL project, that does’nt fit the existing neighberhood.
    It is time to fix the General Plan on Infill Developments, what exists now is NOT working for the residents of Fremont.
    It looks like, it was written, by and for Developers.

  3. The plan submitted by the developers met the planning commission requirements, but fell far short of making sense for the target price and the area to be developed. The lack of any meaningful transition from R3 density to R1-10 was a major issue and made the development a ripe target for litigation, as it would have put a 3 story development right against a set of homes on 10,000 sq ft lots. The other major problem was parking. For a development of 2000+ sq ft homes targeted to sell above $700,000, 2 parking spaces per home is not even close to realistic. It shows that city planning is using requirements suitable for lower cost housing (targeted for singles and couples) near transit and applying those to a development far from transit designed to attract extended families. It just makes no sense.

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