FREMONT -- The City Council on Tuesday approved a revised plan to renovate the Mission Hills Tennis Club in the Kimber Park neighborhood, a move that pleased both sides in the long-standing debate over the property.

The 5-0 vote approved the plan that reduces the proposed footprint of the new facility at 10 E. Las Palmas Ave., east of Mission Boulevard. Council members also voted to change the area's land-use designation to "private open space," which would make the land subject to a recently approved citizen-led initiative that protects the area from future development.

But in an effort to forge a compromise, the council also directed Fremont staff members to further define the "private open space" designation so that it will allow recreational uses, such as the renovated club.

Consultants representing Fremont Mission Hills LLC, the company that owns the 39-year-old tennis club, have been trying to craft a plan that would upgrade the athletic facility yet still gain approval from Save Kimber Park, a grass roots residents group that has fought neighborhood development for 35 years.

Consultant Dwane Kennedy, of CityShapers, presented to council members the revised proposal, which shrunk the proposed club's footprint from 42,000 square feet to 24,340 square feet.

It also eliminated elements that previously had raised the residents' ire, such as the business center, the conference room and all lodging. There will be two pools instead of three and nine tennis courts and one indoor multiuse court -- three more courts than what was proposed last month. In addition, the plan calls for preserving the area's trees and natural habitat, Kennedy said.

Details of the proposal will go through another round of review in the coming months, meaning the debate over the club upgrade is far from over.

"We're happy with the scale they came down to, but we'll have to see what gets worked out," said Christina Broadwin, a Save Kimber Park spokeswoman.

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