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Newsfront - September 12, 2008

How high should Danville go?

Officials discuss downtown design standards for new projects

by Geoff Gillette

A joint session of the Danville Town Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board ended up in a long discussion on building heights when they met to look at design standards in the downtown. They met during the regular council meeting last week.

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Posted by Downtown Resident, a resident of Danville
on Sep 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm

The people supporting building higher than the current standard obviously do not live in downtown. Right now, I can look outside of my bedroom window and see Mount Diablo. If the current plan for the Danville Hotel goes forward, that view will be eliminated.

Rest assured that I will seek compensation for this loss. I am not going to eat the cost of lower property values in order to satisfy the town council's greed.

Posted by Just me, a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm

If you want someone to stop getting high, you must say, "Get down with your bad self!" Of course it is difficult to get the attention of a building and to conduct a rational conversation.

Just me

Posted by Observer, a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2008 at 9:40 am

Prehaps instead of posting here, where no one of consequence will read of your valid concerns, you should attend a Planning Commission or Town Council meeting in person, and be direct. The agendas are posted in advance, by law, so you can always know what will be discussed at a particular meeting. Chances are good you are not the only resident with this opinion.

Posted by Just me, a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Dear observer,

Clearly, any good citizen of our county and communities needs to participate because no media coverage contains the depth necessary to fully understand regional and local issues. But I must challenge the concept that being heard at the planning commission or town council is the same as having impact on the decisions of those groups. Evidence illustrates that Danville commissions are gatekeepers for the town council and town council decisions seldom reflect resident or neighborhood consideration.

As a result, we can see why counsel is our voice too often with councils and their commissions quite uncommitted to our neighborhoods.

Just me