Pleasant Hill City News
Dec 06, 2017 10:19AM
Commuters now have a new option for securing a parking spot at Concord and Pleasant Hill BART stations. BART is collaborating with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Scoop Technologies to maximize the efficiency of BART’s parking lots through carpooling. Commuters who carpool to Concord or Pleasant Hill stations with Scoop will be guaranteed parking until 10am. You have two options when using the Scoop Carpool app or a paper permit:
- Use the Scoop app to match with a carpool partner when you need it and get guaranteed parking until 10am. Download the Scoop App on Android or iOS. Select the station and then schedule your trip. When you match, you'll be sent instructions on how to get your parking space!
- Find your own carpool partner and get a paper permit by going to the 511.org website: http://511.org/carpool-vanpool/carpool/bart. Each carpooler needs a permit. Parking is first come, first served in the designated carpool spaces.
First Meeting on New PH Library
The first of many town hall meetings took place on November 27 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center to begin the process of designing the new Pleasant Hill Library. The community was invited to share their thoughts and suggestions on the changing role of public libraries and provide feedback on what features, services, and programs they would like to see in a new library. The opinions will assist the design team in developing the Pleasant Hill Library of the future. Don’t worry if you missed the first meeting; there will be others. According to Public Information Officer Martin Nelis, “There will be focus group meetings and workshops over the next three months which will get into the nuts and bolts, so to speak.” If you would like to participate in an upcoming meeting, e-mail Martin Nelis at [email protected] or call (925) 671-5229.
Daycare on Boyd Road Approved
On November 14, the planning commission held a study session on a proposed daycare on Boyd Road. Amid strong objection from residents in the neighborhood, the commission approved the day care for general use with conditions.
Pleasant Hill Child Care is proposed for the Christian Science Church site at Boyd and Kahrs Roads. The day care would serve up to 72 children per day, ages 2 to 6 years, with hours of operation from 7am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. The facility would employ seven teachers for a total of eight employees (including the director). The site has three existing buildings, with Building A and B designated for the day care. Building C will continue to be used by the church. The General Plan Land Use designation is R-7 or Single Family Residential. The project does not propose any expansion of the existing buildings.
The area is already busy with Sequoia Elementary and Sequoia and Pleasant Hill Middle School traffic in the mornings and afternoons. Many residents believe the kids who walk and bike to school will be at risk if there are more cars on the roads in combination with the insufficient sidewalks. In addition to increased traffic, neighbors are also concerned about decreased property values with the added daycare.
City engineering staff has recommended that the applicant reverse the on-site circulation pattern so that all vehicles would enter the site from Boyd and exit the site from Kahrs. A traffic study concluded that the project impact is expected to be less than significant. The study also noted that the increased peak hour traffic that would be generated by the project would result in an increase in delay (wait time) at these intersections, but the increased delay would not be considered significant based on city standards/thresholds.
An appeal period ended on November 27, whereby any interested party could appeal the approval and pay a fee of $362.00. The day care project will next be reviewed by the Architectural Review Commission (ARC) for the exterior improvements to the site. To date, the ARC public hearing has not been scheduled. The full staff report and attachments are posted to the city website, pleasanthillca.icitywork.com, as are the letter of approval and the conditions of approval.