The Danville Town Council is set to debate a request to overturn the town's previous denial of a residential tree-removal application Tuesday evening.
Steven and Ann Peltz want to remove a California sycamore tree, roughly 37 inches in diameter, that sits in the front yard of their Love Lane property but is also protected under the town's tree preservation ordinance, according to town principal planner David Crompton.
The Planning Commission denied their tree-removal application earlier this summer, prompting the Peltzes to appeal that decision to the council. Crompton recommends the council deny the appeal and uphold the previous application denial.
In letters to the town, the owners cited as reasons for their request: the tree's incompatibility with planned landscape redesign, drainage concerns from the tree's root crown raising the elevation of the front yard area, invasive roots and safety concerns from falling branches, Crompton said.
Town officials don't think those reasons fit the criteria for granting a permit, as outlined in the town's ordinance, and they believe the tree is in good health and doesn't pose safety risks beyond those associated with a healthy California sycamore, he said.
The tree-removal appeal is the only public hearing scheduled for Tuesday's Town Council meeting, set to start at 7:30 p.m. inside the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St. in downtown Danville.
In other business
Council members will hear regular reports from Danville police chief Steve Simpkins and Planning Commission chair Paul Radich.
They will also receive updates on the Finance Committee, the Tri-Valley Transportation Council and other transportation issues, County Connection and the Street Smarts program.