A petition drive to stop the Faria Preserve project has collected more than 100 signatures in the month or so since it went public.
The Faria Preserve is a 440-acre site east of Bollinger Canyon Road and north of Crow Canyon Road inside San Ramon's Northwest Specific Plan. Plans for the site include 740 residential units, a senior facility, a house of worship and a park.
The petition opposing the development plan was started July 1 by Robert Klingner, who lives in the Deerwood Ridge community which neighbors Faria Preserve. Klingner described the petition as a grassroots effort.
The petition lists a dozen reasons the project should be stopped. It claims that high-density and very high density neighborhoods planned for the area "lack sufficient space for living and parking," and that there's not enough space for parking at the soccer fields, which would overflow into other neighborhoods in the area.
"You only have spaces for 50 cars. You're going to have 150 cars (for a soccer game)," Klingner said.
The petition also says the development will overcrowd schools, and that "students will no longer be able to attend local neighborhood schools."
That's been an ongoing discussion for San Ramon officials, who say it's the job of the school district, not the city, to plan for additional students.
The petition also claims the Faria project will create "severe traffic congestion on local neighborhood streets," and that the time it takes to travel to and from Interstate 680 on Crow Canyon Road would be increased by an hour.
It also alleges that the increased traffic would create "unsafe severe traffic congestion on local neighborhood streets" and that the development would add "2600 additional vehicle trips to the congestion that already exists on Hwy 680." Klingner's petition also claims that "commute times will greatly increase," and that parking at local stores "will be intolerable."
The petition claims there's a potential for "increased criminal activity."
A 13.2 acre park proposed for the area includes a half-acre rose garden with trail access, volleyball courts, synthetic turf soccer field, childrens' play structure, lighted tennis courts and a baseball diamond.
Klingner said the park -- specifically the soccer fields -- are "located too close to the neighborhoods. You have issues with noise and with lights."
At a recent discussion, David Gates, who designed the park, said the plan is to use special lighting that wouldn't be seen over long distances, and said that the grading would direct sound from the park over the heads of nearby residents.
Grading is also addressed by the petition, which claims residents would have to endure "increased seismic activity which could be catastrophic."
The petition also states the project would reduce the habitat for endangered species, and that the natural beauty of the hills would be destroyed.
Klinger said part of the reason behind the petition is to document the concerns of residents when the development goes before the city's planning commission.
Meanwhile, another discussion and the potential approval of the park is set to be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 14 by the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission.