First win for Save Kimber Park

18 Oct

The residents of Kimber Park prevailed in their desire to modify the Fremont General Plan to include the site currently owned by Sheena Chang to private open space. The group, Save Kimber Park, stormed the planning commission on October 13, 2011 with their green T-shirts and signs demanding the planning commission change the designation to private open space to save the park from being developed into luxury homes.

Representing the developer, Civitaf Group, was consultant Roger Shank. The decision by the planning commission was made easier since the city staff strongly believed that the historical record suggested that the park was always intended to be open space. Fremont city staff was supportive of making Kimber Park open space which would limit future development at the site.

The planning commission voted 6-1 in favor of maintaining the site as private open space. The lone dissenting voice was Lisa Quan.

However, this decision doesn’t prevent the developer from developing on the site, it certainly is one more hindrance. This isn’t the last time we’ve heard from Save Kimber Park or the developers. Stay tuned…

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