The Danville Planning Commission is set to consider supporting approval of the town's proposed Housing Element update Wednesday night (Dec. 17).
The draft Housing Element update describes the town's housing needs, opportunities, constraints, resources and strategies for 2014 to 2022.
The regular updates are required by state law to demonstrate a municipality's ability to accommodate its "fair share" of regional housing needs, Danville planning staff wrote in a report to the commission. Through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, Danville's "fair share" for the eight-year period was determined to be 557 housing units spread across affordability categories.
Of those units, 196 fall into the very-low affordability category, 111 into low, 124 into moderate and 126 into above-moderate, according to town staff.
Danville officials point out that state law only requires the town to make sure an adequate number of properly zoned sites exist to allow for developments that could meet housing needs -- as opposed to requiring the town to build the new homes. The private housing market would determine whether homes are built.
"The town already has sufficient acreage of appropriately zoned sites to accommodate all units among the state-mandated affordability levels," planning staff wrote in their report. "Therefore, no new sites are required to be identified for re-designation or rezoning in conjunction with the Housing Element update."
The Planning Commission is set to discuss the 2014-22 Housing Element update and recommend that the Town Council adopt necessary environmental findings and approve the General Plan amendment related to the Housing Element update.
The commission meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.
The Town Council is tentatively set to hold public hearings on the draft update and consider final approval in the spring.