FREMONT -- A plan to expand an athletic club in the Kimber Park neighborhood likely will be decided by the City Council next month because the Planning Commission on Thursday could not agree on the project for the second consecutive week.

The Planning Commission's first vote on the plan -- which contained amendments calling for removing its lodging and business center portions -- failed Thursday after a 3-3 stalemate, Fremont planning associate Joel Pullen said. Commissioners then voted 4-2 to deny a motion to reject the proposal.

Fremont Mission Hills LLC, the company that owns the property known as the Mission Hills Tennis Club, is expected to appeal the commission's failure to decide to whether to recommend or reject the plan, Pullen said. Once filed, the appeal would send the proposal to the City Council for a decision at its scheduled Nov. 20 meeting.

The project calls for the Mission Hills Tennis Club to build seven tennis courts, three swimming pools and a 42,000-square-foot clubhouse with a restaurant, spa, fitness area, a business center with a conference room and nine guest rooms for lodging.

The one decision made Thursday came when commissioners approved the project's environmental impact report, while extending the document's public comment period to Nov. 20. Last week, the commission declined to vote on the proposal because only four commissioners were present.

Save Kimber Park, a grass-roots group, has fought off development for about 35 years in its neighborhood, between Mission Boulevard and the hills, just south of Stevenson Boulevard.


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"We're still cautiously optimistic, though we're basically back at square one," Save Kimber Park member Christina Broadwin said Friday. "I'm sure we'll all be back for the City Council meeting."

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.