Appeals court rules in favor of Niles residents over ‘gateway’ development

By Joseph Geha : eastbaytimes – excerpt

FREMONT — A state appeals court has ruled that a full environmental impact report is needed before a nearly 100-townhouse development planned for the historic Niles district of Fremont can proceed.

The decision marks another victory for a small group of steadfast Niles residents who more than three years ago took legal action to halt the Niles Gateway project, proposed by developer Valley Oak Partners and approved by the City Council in March 2015.

“It means that we get another shot at getting a better project for the community,” Robert Daulton, a resident of the district and founding member of Protect Niles, said of the decision Thursday.

The ruling from a three-justice panel of the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, handed down Monday, affirms a March 2017 ruling from Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch… (more)

It is interesting to note that Fresno was just rated one of the least stressful cities to live in. Maybe this is why. They feel empowered to protect their preferred lifestyle.

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