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RESOLUTION NO. 23-1360 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PLEASANTON ADOPTING <br /> OBJECTIVE DESIGN STANDARDS FOR QUALIFYING HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS <br /> (CASE NO. P20-0989) <br /> WHEREAS, a number of recent state laws limit review by local jurisdictions on qualifying <br /> housing projects to standards that are objective and uniformly verifiable, involving no personal or <br /> subjective judgement and are instead based on a uniform benchmark or criterion available and <br /> knowable by both the project proponent and the City prior to submittal of the housing application, <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, the Housing Accountability Act, Cal. Government Code section 65589.5, <br /> restricts the City of Pleasanton's ability to deny or reduce the density of all housing development <br /> projects that are consistent with objective development standards; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Pleasanton seeks to adopt Objective Design Standards to comply <br /> with recent State legislation, implement streamlined review processes for qualifying housing <br /> projects at the density permitted on the site and proposed by the development in accordance with <br /> State law, ensure that these projects align with the City's expectations and vision to maintain and <br /> support the character of Pleasanton, provide a set of clear criteria to guide development, and <br /> establish an objective framework by which a qualifying project will be evaluated; and <br /> WHEREAS, such Objective Design Standards will be applicable to qualifying housing <br /> development projects, as defined by the Housing Accountability Act, and as mandatory standards <br /> applicable to all qualifying projects in accordance with State law; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Objective Design Standards are generally based upon the body of <br /> regulations already contained in adopted City planning documents and the Pleasanton Municipal <br /> Code, and will complement such existing adopted policy documents in furtherance of the goals, <br /> policies, and actions of the General Plan, which encourage high quality design and the quality of <br /> life that an enhanced built environment fosters, and <br /> WHEREAS, on January 11, 2023, staff provided the Planning Commission with Objective <br /> Design Standards for Qualifying Housing Developments (Case No. P20-0989) and <br /> WHEREAS, on January 11, 2023, the Planning Commission held a duly noticed public <br /> hearing and considered the written agenda report, relevant exhibits, recommendations of City <br /> staff, and received testimony from interested parties and provided a favorable recommendation <br /> of Resolution PC-2023-4 to the City Council regarding the Objective Design Standards for <br /> Housing Element Sites; and <br /> WHEREAS. on January 26, 2023, the City Council held a duly noticed public hearing and <br /> considered the Objective Design Standards for residential projects in the R-M, M-U, and C-C <br /> Districts under Case No. P20-0989 to establish objective design standards for residential <br /> development in Pleasanton; as set forth in the written agenda report, relevant exhibits, <br /> recommendations of City staff and the Planning Commission, and received testimony from <br /> interested parties regarding the Objective Design Standards; and <br /> WHEREAS. the Objective Design Standards implement the policies and programs of the <br /> 2023-2031 (61h Cycle) Housing Element Update considered in the Program Environmental Impact <br />