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.