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Faria Preserve back before planning commission tonight

Neighbors continue to balk at plans to develop homes, apartments, park

Residents will get another chance tonight to speak about plans to develop a large parcel of land in northwest San Ramon, as the city planning commission holds another in its ongoing series of public hearings.

Meanwhile, a group of San Ramon residents is taking issue with a claim that the project, the Faria Preserve, won't affect the environment or people.

The city's planning department is poised to sign off on a mitigated negative declaration -- a shortened version of a full environmental impact statement -- that says the project won't degrade the environment, impact wildlife or "cause substantial adverse effect upon human beings."

Some residents say otherwise, and members of a coalition of neighborhoods in northwest San Ramon are expected to attend tonight's meeting to address the density of the project.

The city planning department describes Faria as a 740-unit residential subdivision including a park, a half-acre rose garden and land for a church, educational facility and community pool.

According to the project description, 22 percent of the land would be developed, with the remainder as public amenities or open space including 144 acres of open land next to the project to be preserved as a permanent conservation area.

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