The Danville Town Council is set to meet with two other town groups Tuesday evening to review a proposed 150-apartment complex on Diablo Road adjacent to the southbound Interstate 680 on-ramp.
The council, Planning Commission and Design Review Board will discuss the final development plan from ROEM Development Corp., and Danville Office Partners, LLC, in the context of the project's surroundings and the town's development standards, but they won't make any final decisions on the project Tuesday night, according to town staff.
The two-hour joint study session is scheduled to take place before council members' regular meeting, during which they will talk about downtown parking, new anti-smoking regulations, zoning text amendments and the Danville Disaster Council.
The developers of the Diablo Road apartment project propose to add the three-story complex with 150 rental units, as well as a parking garage, courtyard and clubhouse, to 373-383 Diablo Road.
The 3.74-acre site currently contains two-story office buildings and is located just west of the freeway. The apartments would not sit right along Diablo Road, rather they'd be set back behind roadside buildings with tenants such as Heritage Bank of Commerce and American Packaging Capital.
The property is one of two in the town to secure a new multifamily land-use designation through the 2030 General Plan approval in recognition of the regional housing needs allocation shortfall identified in the town's 2007-14 Housing Element, according to Kevin Gailey, the town's chief of planning.
Based on town density rules, the site would be eligible for a maximum of 112 residential units, so the developers seek a density bonus to allow 150 units -- a request "being pursued in conjunction with the applicant's commitment to provide a specified amount of affordable rental units in the project," Gainey wrote in his staff report.
The town officials will discuss the density bonus request as well as hear the applicants' presentation on how the project relates to applicable design and development regulations as part of the joint study session, according to Gainey.
"(Tuesday's) conceptual review is not a permit or entitlement and shall not be binding on the town," Gainey wrote.
The Diablo Road apartments discussion is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. After the joint study session, the council is scheduled to host a regular meeting starting at 8 p.m. inside the Town Meeting Hall.
In other business
* The council will talk about issues related to downtown parking availability, including a review of in-lieu parking fees for property owners and the possibility of considering a temporary moratorium on new land-uses in certain areas of the downtown business district.
Town Manager Joe Calabrigo is presenting the council Tuesday with a proposed resolution directing staff to prepare a new fee-nexus study related to downtown parking in-lieu fees.
Properties in the downtown business district can meet their parking requirements in part by paying a fee to the town to cover the cost of providing additional public parking. The rates stand at $3,500 for retail and $7,000 for all other land-uses, according to Calabrigo.
"This fee has not been reviewed or increased in at least 20 years and based on recent efforts by the town, it understates the actual cost of providing public parking in downtown," he wrote in his staff report to the council.
In order to evaluate the fee structure, the town must complete an updated fee-nexus study that identifies the 2015 costs to acquire, design and build new parking downtown -- information would help the council reset the fee at a rate comparable with recouping an appropriate portion of those costs, Calabrigo said.
The town is also striving to update its downtown parking assessment study, which could take several months, according to Calabrigo.
He notes in his staff report that the council may want to consider adopting an interim urgency moratorium on new uses within certain downtown areas to maintain the status quo and allow time for the parking and fee studies to be completed.
Such an ordinance, which could be brought to the council as early as Nov. 17, could be adopted by a four-fifths votes and would take effect immediately for an initial 45-day period, he added.
* The council will consider giving support to new smoking regulations that were debated throughout the summer and fall.
Council members in September approved the first reading of an initial ordinance proposing new smoking rules, including prohibiting smoking in apartments, condominiums and other multifamily complexes and expanding all smoking rules to e-cigarettes and medical marijuana.
But they asked for several changes when the second reading and final adoption was considered last month, according to Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager.
So staff updated the ordinance, incorporating provisions to allow for designated smoking areas in multiple-family buildings under certain circumstances, mandate landlords to notify tenants of the town's new smoking regulations and require "no smoking" signs to be posted in common areas where smoking is prohibited.
The new smoking ban would pertain to all multifamily buildings of three or more units, prohibiting smoking within the units and common areas of the building and property -- other than designated smoking areas. Smoking also wouldn't be allowed on porches, patios or balconies.
The first reading of the updated ordinance is set for Tuesday night, with the second reading and final approval set for Nov. 17. It would take effect 30 days after approval.
* The council will discuss recommended zoning text amendments for portions of the Town Municipal Code related to land-use and development.
The set of amendments, the second in the town's four-phased municipal code update process, consists mainly of consolidation and reorganization of the development procedures and general provisions portion of the code, according to principal planner David Crompton.
The amendments include updating the general definitions section, adding a new "planning applications" section that explains all types of planning applications and related requirements, and creating a new article specifically focused on describing the town's decision-making authority and application-review process, Crompton noted in his staff report.
The Planning Commission reviewed the amendments and recommended them to the council in September.
* Jed Johnson, maintenance services director, will share a report about recent activities, programs and statistics of his department.
* The council will present a proclamation to Barbara Chavez, chairperson for the Hospice of the East Bay Tree of Lights, designating November as National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
* Following the regular council meeting, the council members will convene as the Danville Disaster Council to approve the summary of actions from its last meeting and hear an update on upcoming activities and events related to disaster preparedness.