By Phil Matier

PLEASANTON (KPIX 5) — It was slated to be the biggest development in Pleasanton history, 1,300 new homes on the eastern stretch of town. But thanks to the drought, the city council has second thoughts.

“This is the fourth year of the drought so absolutely it’s caused great concern,” Vice Mayor Karla Brown told KPIX 5.

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There are the usual concerns about traffic and schools brought on by 3,200 new people living in Pleasanton, but the killer appears to be the 260 million gallons of water a year they would be using

“At the same time we are asking residents to have a 25 percent or more conservation,” Brown said.

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“The way that we would actually provide that water is through conservation,” Assistant City Manager Brian Dolan said.

“We do have a fine system and we did issue some fines last year,” Dolan added.

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Put it together and you have Pleasanton saying something we haven’t heard before in this drought.