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Jun
28
Dublin Mayor Calls For Halt On Housing Growth

Mayor Haubert questions if the city's breakneck-speed development is good for the community and is asking for a "stop and pause."


By Susan C. Schena, Patch Staff

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DUBLIN, CA – Dublin, in recent years, consistently ranks among the fastest growing cities in California, and Mayor David Haubert wants to hit the brakes on development, calling for a review of the city's growth plan.


"Among the fastest growing cities? No doubt about it," Haubert said. "That's why I called for a pause on growth."


At the City Council's June 19 meeting, Haubert made a formal request to stop approving new homes until the council can review the city's current plans and assess the "quality of life" impact on residents.


"Voters approved growth in east Dublin over 25 years ago," he said. "Since then we have made small changes along the way, but we have never taken a pause to stop and evaluate whether the plan is still working for us. And, in fact, we've heard from many residents that the plan is not working."


According to the U.S. Census figures, Dublin's population in 2000 was 29,973, jumping in a decade to 46,063 in 2010. Population estimates for 2017 put the numbers at 60,939. Those numbers landed Dublin in the No. 2 spot among the fastest growing cities in the Golden State by one agency and in another 2018 report, as well.


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Haubert acknowledges such upsides of the Dublin boom as the city's new parks and the addition of vibrant restaurants, shopping centers and commercial development. (Read the latest on Fallon Sports Park here.)


But the downsides hit hard, he said, noting traffic woes and crowded schools.


Plans to build a new high school are underway as the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees moves forward to buy the "Promenade" land, south of Central Parkway with a goal of opening a new facility in the fall of 2022, officials said. The board earmarked $100 million in Measure H funds for the initial phase of the future school, which will serve 1,000 to 2,500 students in eastern Dublin.


This is not the first time Haubert called for a pause to revisit fast-paced growth in Dublin.


"I first asked the council to consider revising the east Dublin Specific Plan in 2013 because I was concerned about converting land zoned for commercial to residential," said Haubert, who was elected mayor in 2014, after serving two years on city council and 10 years on the school board. "At the time, we decided to form a commercial development task force. That was good, but it did nothing to stop the housing growth."


Upcoming housing developments, already permitted and approved or underway, will continue, according to the mayor.


"There is so much in the pipeline right now," he said, adding that the current timing underscores the need to request a reassessment on future growth.


Haubert wants a citywide review of all remaining housing developments, including the Downtown Dublin Specific Plan in West Dublin, the Transit Center Specific Plan near the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and the East Dublin Specific Plan. At the recent meeting, the city council agreed and will request that city staff compile an update.


Residents wishing to communicate their thoughts on the growth topic can email Haubert at david.haubert@dublin.ca.gov as he said he is keen on locals' opinions.


"As mayor, it's my duty to listen to the community and call for the conversation to hear what people have to say," he added.


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--File image of Dublin housing via Getty Images/Justin Sullivan / Staff


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