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San Ramon’s City Council and planning commission got their first look at the Bishop Ranch 6 housing project during a special joint meeting Tuesday evening.

The 404-unit residential community is slated for 31 acres, just west of Camino Ramon, north of Bollinger Canyon Road and south of Norris Canyon Road. The project in an area already containing three three-story office buildings, built during the 1980s.

The project is a big part of San Ramon’s ambitious plan to mix housing and retail with major existing Bishop Ranch employers in its evolving downtown. It falls inside the city’s Walking District Master Plan and will be designed with “enhanced” landscaping and sidewalks for long-term pedestrian access to the city’s core.

Summerhill Homes filed development applications earlier this year to build 114 townhomes, 154 attached row houses, and 136 detached courtyard homes, with a two-acre park open to the public.

An artist’s rendering shows the proposed design for some of the townhomes in the Bishop Ranch 6 development.

The developer will aim to meet the city’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance by committing 15 percent of the townhomes for sale to low, very low, and moderate-income households, while paying affordable housing fees for the row houses and courtyard homes.

The project will require an amendment to San Ramon’s North Camino Ramon Specific Plan for a zoning change from mixed use to mixed use density residential. It will also require approval from architectural and environmental review. The zoning change would allow for a minimum residential density of 20 dwelling units per square acre and a maximum height of 85 feet, or five stories, whichever is less.

Tuesday’s meeting marked the city’s official reception of the Summerhill plan, and allowed for council and public comment. No action was taken. The staff report says the matter requires at least three public hearings before the city’s planning commission and city council.

A video recording of the special meeting can be viewed on San Ramon’s YouTube channel.