The Danville Town Council will hold a study session Tuesday morning (July 8) to review options on how to establish a plastic bag ban in the town.
The council's discussion is expected to focus on the process for implementing potential plastic bag regulations. Council members are not scheduled to consider making a final decision on the issue Tuesday.
As currently drafted, the proposed town ordinance would prohibit Danville retailers and restaurants from distributing single-use plastic bags, and would require stores and retailers to offer customers a recycled paper bag for 10 cents.
State Senate Bill 270, now under consideration, would prohibit food stores and retailers of a certain size from providing single-use carryout bags to customers.
Danville's proposed ordinance would be designed to extend the state legislation ban to the retailers and eating establishments not covered by SB 270, according to town staff.
The proposed ordinance aims to take effect July 1, 2015 for retail stores that sell perishable items and make $2 million or more in annual gross sales as well as for retail stories that have at least 10,000 square feet of retail space and a pharmacy. The remaining businesses would be subject to the regulations starting July 1, 2016.
In addition to formal council discussions, public information sessions are being held to provide background on the ordinance and to receive feedback from residents and the business community. The town-hosted sessions are scheduled for Wednesday (July 9) at 2 p.m., July 15 at 8:30 a.m. and July 16 at 7 p.m. -- all at the Veterans Memorial Building, 115 E. Prospect Ave.
The council's discussion on the plastic bag ban process is set to begin at 9 a.m. inside the town offices' large conference room at 510 La Gonda Way.
In other business during Tuesday's study session, the council will receive an update on the PG&E Pipeline Pathways Project, a plan to remove trees and other vegetation that the utility company argues will enhance the safety and operation of its natural gas transmission system. According to the council's staff report, PG&E's initial proposal called for the removal of 173 trees and 97 shrubs, plus the trimming of 28 additional trees within Danville.
Also Tuesday, the council will plan for the 33rd Annual Mayor's Installation and Community Service Awards ceremony.
In addition, the town council will discuss approval of the acquisition of right-of-way on San Ramon Valley Boulevard from the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
The acquisition would allow widening of San Ramon Valley Boulevard to four lanes of traffic plus bike lanes in both directions and have a pedestrian sidewalk.