Purpose and Process

In 2016, the City Council authorized the Downtown Specific Plan update. Pleasanton’s first Downtown Specific Plan was adopted in 1989, was comprehensively updated in 2002. Though many of the policies in the 2002 Plan remain relevant and will be retained, an update of this Specific Plan will allow us to address recent changes and opportunities in the Downtown area (see Key Issues below).

The Downtown Specific Plan is the City’s guide for land use, housing, circulation, environmental, and economic development policies for Downtown Pleasanton. The Plan update will allow us to assess our goals for development, investment in public goods such as sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and preservation that will positively impact residents and businesses alike. The Plan Update process is a collaborative effort between the City, its residents, and Downtown businesses to clarify the vision for Downtown Pleasanton.

We invite you to participate in shaping the future of Downtown Pleasanton. Community members are welcome to participate at all stages of the planning process. For opportunities to get involved, visit the Participate page on this website, or contact city staff.

Key issues

The Specific Plan update will address a number of key issues in the Downtown area. The following is a preliminary list of issues identified for further study. Additional topics will be explored based on community input and priorities.

  • The most desirable mix of land uses, including residential, retail, and office uses throughout the Downtown Specific Plan area, including ground floor uses along Main Street that encourage pedestrian activity and strengthen the economic base and vitality of Downtown Pleasanton.
  • Design improvements throughout the Downtown Specific Plan area.
  • Future development opportunities for the Civic Center site.
  • Connections from Main Street to side streets.
  • Multi-modal mobility in the Downtown area (movement of cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians).