Danville council to discuss townhouse development proposal

Developers want to shift parcel to mixed-use to accommodate 38-unit project

The Danville Town Council is set to discuss a proposed 38-townhouse project for which the developers want to redesignate a roughly quarter-acre residential property on West El Pintado as a mixed-use site instead.

The conversation Tuesday night will focus mainly on whether the town should further explore a general plan amendment that would be required to accommodate the requested land-use designation change, according to David Crompton, town principal planner.

"This public hearing is intended to provide an opportunity for early Town Council and neighborhood input regarding the merits and potential significant issues regarding the proposal," Crompton wrote in his staff report to the council.

Alamo-based Talmont Homes wants permission to build seven townhouse buildings with 38 housing units overall on 1.88 acres at 359 and 375 West El Pintado.

The site, several blocks south of the West El Pintado and El Cerro Boulevard intersection, is surrounded by office buildings to the north, a care facility, the 39-unit Ryland Cottages and two single-family parcels on Elsie Drive. The neighborhood also consists of two apartment complexes, townhouses and single-family detached homes.

The developers' preliminary plan is to construct four eight-unit buildings and one two-unit building on the larger parcel and a pair of two-unit buildings on the smaller site, Crompton said.

Talmont has requested the town change the 0.29-acre parcel at 359 W. El Pintado to a mixed-use land designation, like the adjoining 1.59-acre site at 375 W. El Pintado.

The smaller lot is now designated "residential, single-family, low-density," which allows one to three dwelling units per acre, but the developers want to build two townhouses with four total units at the site -- which would translate to 14 units per acre on that lot.

"The mixed-use land use designation allows multiple family residential up to 25 units per acre, office development with a floor area ratio (FAR) up to 60% or a mix of both," Crompton said. "This application is for multiple-family only."

Town officials are looking for the council to decide on Tuesday whether to authorize them to begin preparing a general plan amendment study to consider the merits of applying a mixed-use land designation on the 0.29-acre lot.

Down the line, the development proposal would also require an environmental impact report to analyze biological, traffic, noise, aesthetics, land-use compatibility and other issues, Crompton said.

The regular council meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

In other business

* The council will consider supporting increased garbage rates for next year and directing the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (known as RecycleSmart) -- the regional joint powers authority the town belongs to for solid waste services -- to implement the council-recommended rate structure.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said a 3.5% rate increase is recommended for 2016 to cover current delivery costs and build sufficient reserves.

Monthly single-family residential service would increase between 81 cents and $2.28 depending on service plan, commercial costs will rise $5.11 for 1-cubic-yard service and $10.21 for 2-cubic-yard service, and the 20-cubic-yard debris box pickup will go up $24.17, under the rate proposal.

For the typical Danville residential ratepayer, with 32-gallon bin service, the new price would be $26.71 per month -- lower than the $28.19 monthly average among other RecycleSmart members.

The new Danville rates are expected to generate about $9.03 million overall.

RecycleSmart is a joint powers authority formed among Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County. It is governed by a 12-member board comprised of representatives of the six member communities.

The RecycleSmart Board of Directors is expected to formally set the new rates in late January, and they would take effect March 1.

* As part of its eight-item consent agenda, the council will consider approving a maximum $157,798 contract with Walnut Creek-based BKF Engineers/Surveyors/Planners to design the town's proposed Rose Street municipal parking facility.

The project at town-owned sites at 150 E. Linda Mesa Ave. and 341 and 353 Rose St. aims to build a surface-level parking lot with 81 spaces along with new landscaping, curb, gutter, sidewalk and undergrounding of utilities.

The consent agenda is a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once.

* Council members will hear informational reports about County Connection, transportation, the Discover Danville Association, the Finance Committee and the Arts Commission.

* They will appoint a Danville representative to the Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee and name members to the Heritage Resource Commission.

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11 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2015 at 6:21 am

The town is always asked by developers who want to "sell" their wares for huge profits. The fact that their new developments are what I call "JIPI" of Jam It Pack It development. The fact that this approach destroys the character of our communities is of no concern to developers. Remember the old adage, "Follow the Money" and see who really benifits from these developer atrocities.

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Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 15, 2015 at 6:41 am

This valley has been a very beautiful place to reside.

Soon it will be a very packed can of sardines with all the sought after housing prospects TO INCREASE THE TAX BASE.

And to what gain?

More traffic; more traffic jams; more accidents; more raised auto insurance costs; more raised housing insurance costs; more time on the road trying to drive somewhere; more time lost just driving; more emergency vehicles trying to get somewhere in a small valley; more council members looking for "favors" from those willing to spend more more on them and their project; more greed; more hidden agendas.

Less quality of life; less time to enjoy the environment; less time to breath fresh clean air; less access to public areas; less maintenance of public areas; less security; less public services; less everything.

All for what?

More TAX BASE?????

What do you want 10,20 years from now?

Congestion? Delays? A destroyed beautiful valley?

You must decide and act!!!

8 people like this
Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2015 at 7:19 am

Herman Glates is a registered user.

Just say no.

5 people like this
Posted by linda
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2015 at 10:01 am

Our "NO's" don't count.

5 people like this
Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

Pull up the bridge!

The other towns in the East Bay can shoulder our share of the population increase that needs somewhere to live.

After all, we are special. Don't they get it?

7 people like this
Posted by Spcial community resident
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Hey Dave. Yes, we are special because we care about overcrowding in the El Pintado neighborhood. It's okay to be special, Dave. Other cities can have overcrowding if they see fit. Why don't you move to one of them? You obviously don't care to be part of anything special.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

Above read 5 NIMBY comments. Yes Danville is special and it will still be special with a few new residents.

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Posted by cyclist2
a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2015 at 9:04 am

Joe, we already have too many "fews" in this town. Try parking at Trader Joes at 2:30 in the afternoon. I challenge all council members, planning commissioners, etc. to drive around town and look for parking in the afternoons.

The camel's back is broken.

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Posted by jojo
a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

They must me crazy.. even if its only 35 units thats about 70 cars and most people will have so much junk in garage they will park in driveways or spots leaving guest no place to park..Its hard enough for people to get out of the office complex with all the drivers flying back and forth to pick kids up from school. Maybe just maybe they will see all the gridlock.. plus no sidewalks for people to walk safely on the street even though we were told we would ..

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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

Why not just allow one house on each lot. Two lots, two houses.

The COUNCIL is supporting "cram and jam" down our throats. There is no care for maintaining the environment and atmosphere of this town--the town that we liked and moved to in the first place.

Send these Developers packing!
Council, have some guts! Stand up and listen to your Citizens.
As it is, you have become the SHAME of Danville!

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Dec 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Danville is pro-development. Just take a look at what they did to the Danville Hotel site. It is ugly and will only continue to add more traffic to downtown once its fully occupied. If you think you can't drive thru town and find parking now, just wait! No one cares about traffic except those who have to deal with it. The developers continue to pay the fees and their job is to build. Traffic will continue to be a problem.

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