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Danville Planning Commission hears comments on proposed development

Project would add 20 new homes to town near Midland Way

The Danville Planning Commission Tuesday hosted the first in what could be a series of public meetings on a proposed housing development off San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

The evening hearing focused on the draft environmental impact report prepared for the project, which aims to put 20 new homes on a small portion of a nearly 110-acre parcel at the end of Midland Way in southwestern Danville.

Two citizens spoke at the Town Meeting Hall about the project, raising concerns about issues such as fire safety, flooding, parking, lot size and the displacement of peacocks.

Responses to questions presented Tuesday, as well as any other inquiries made during the public comment period, would be included in the final EIR, which officials anticipate completing early next year.

Pleasanton-based Ponderosa Homes hopes to build the new single-family houses on a low-lying, 10-acre portion of the property.

The company has requested approval of a preliminary development plan to rezone the project site from general agricultural to the planned unit development district. The remaining 99 acres would be designated as permanent open space, under the proposal.

The parcel, owned by the Podva Family Trust, has a land-use designation of rural residential.

The draft EIR, prepared by RBF Consulting, analyzes potential project impacts to -- and outlines mitigation measures for -- areas such as air quality, aesthetics, cultural resources, geology and soils, and biological resources.

The purpose of Tuesday's public meeting was for the town and its consultant to receive oral comments about the adequacy of the draft EIR. The commission took no action related to the document or the project.

The commissioners are expected to discuss the final EIR next year.

For the project to proceed, the developer would also have to get approval for a final development plan for a major subdivision, a tree-removal permit and annexation into the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District and the East Bay Municipal Utility District service areas for sewer and water provision.

The 45-day window for public comment on the draft EIR ends Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. People can submit written comments to the town by letter or email.

Input can be mailed to Principal Planner David Crompton at 510 La Gonda Way, Danville CA 94526. Emails should be sent to dcrompton@danville.ca.gov.

More project information can be found on the town website.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a development request to allow a 3,830-square-foot home and 720-square-foot garage on Sherburne Hills Road.

A different construction plan for the 5.05-acre property was approved in 1999, but it expired, having never been acted upon. The current design proposal is slightly smaller than the project sanctioned 14 years ago.

Earlier, the commission held off on deciding whether to approve a draft set of Planning Commission Guidelines.

Developed after a Nov. 12 workshop, the guidelines address topics such as commission values, the role of the chairperson, and group norms and commitments.

However, the commissioners told staff Tuesday they wanted more time to flesh out aspects of the document. They are set to revisit the draft guidelines next month.

Commission Chair Lynn Overcashier was absent from Tuesday's meeting. Alternate Andrew Verriere filled the empty seat.

Comments

Posted by voter, a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

Once the public learns about a development, it is too late to do anything about it. The Town Council will have already decided that the plan's great and the rest is all about going through the required public hearings to allow them to approve. The public's input is nothing but an irritation to them.

Danville needs Council members that will actually listen to the public and keep an open mind until the final decision. Let's vote out Robert Storer and Karen Stepper in November 2014. They are nothing but developer lackeys. In fact, Storer is a developer and builder of high-density housing in Danville. Who is willing to challenge them and really be a representative for Danville residents?


Posted by Another Voter, a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Please vote all incumbents out. They are not listening to us. If we do not act now the Danville we love will be just a memory. The last thing we should want is to end up like San Ramon. They sold their soul to the developers (Shappel), and now it's too late. Please don't just talk the talk, let's show the town council we do have power at the voting booth!


Posted by another voters comment, a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

Yes, I agree!! If you don't vote the incumbents and developers out, you get what you deserve.


Posted by Jody, a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

Totally agree....I cannot believe someone in their right mind would have approved Fort Ugly they are building right now on San Ramon Valley BLVD. This is exactly what we don't want in Danville, if we wanted a stacked cement city we would be in Dublin or Windemere.


Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:04 am

I looked up the plans and they were a bit hard to discern. Someone provide a sketch or something of what these will look like. Those plans disclosed seem purposefully deceptive, hard to interpret.


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