A park planned for the Faria Preserve will get one more public hearing before it goes to a vote by the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Commission.
The Commission held off on a final vote after nearby residents once again listed their objections, which include concerns about parking, traffic, noise, lighting and the features at the park.
Although not on point for the discussion of the park, several also noted their opposition to the development at Faria Preserve. Those plans call for 740 residential units, senior housing and house of worship and a large area of land to remain undeveloped.
Lighting at the park continues to be an area of contention for those who live nearby, with one resident claiming the lights at the baseball/softball field and the soccer field would make the park look like a UFO is landing.
"It'll be lit up at night," said Michael Jones, a resident of the Deerwood Heights neighborhood. "People will see it."
Jones also worried that some people from the development might end up parking at the park during the daytime.
Jim Blickenstaff said the park should be on hold until the development plans are finalized.
"The ultimate outcome of this project is still unknown," Blickenstaff told the commission. "There's a little bit of the cart before the horse here."
City Associate Planner Cindy Yee said, however, that the pieces have to be assembled, and that the Planning Commission would have the final say on parking and other project-related items. The Planning Commission would also have the responsibility of approving final plans for the park as part of its approval.
Robert Klingner of Deerwood Ridge is circulating a petition to stop the project altogether. He said beyond his concerns with the entire project, he objected to the park because of noise, parking and the lights, particularly at the soccer field, which, he said, would be on from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. "every night of the year."
"Not everyone is a soccer mom," he said.
While noise from the fields is a worry for some, the architect for the park, David Gates, said in an earlier meeting that since the park is elevated, the noise would go over the heads of most people nearby.
Two Commission members, Carol Lopez and William Doerlich, said that they live within earshot of California High, and that noise from athletic events there doesn't bother them.
"This is just a living in a dynamic, growing community," Doerlich told the group of about 20 who attended the public hearing.
Others suggested more amenities, including the possibility of chess tables, for seniors because of the housing planned as part of Faria.
Parks and Community Services Commission members put their approval plan on hold until Sept. 10 to get more information about parking, turf and lighting.
Pat Toohey of Lafferty Communities, which is developing Faria Preserve said he would try to bring some of the shielded, low-throw lights that would be used at the park for a demonstration.