The Danville Planning Commission is set Tuesday to discuss potential environmental impacts of a proposed project to bring 38 new townhouses to the northwest side of town near Interstate 680.
Alamo-based Talmont Homes wants to construct seven townhouse buildings on 1.88 acres at 359 and 375 W. El Pintado. As part of their request, the developers propose to redesignate the nearly quarter-acre parcel at 359 W. El Pintado as mixed-use to accommodate a larger home count on that part of the project site.
The Town Council voted 4-1 in December to move forward with a general plan amendment study to consider the merits of the designation change, and the town has contracted with Rincon Consultants, Inc., to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposal -- the cost of which is paid by the project applicant.
Tuesday night's meeting aims to give residents and town planners a chance to weigh in on what potential environmental effects should be studied by the town's consultant, according to town principal planner David Crompton.
"The purpose of this public scoping session is to allow for oral comments from the public and from the Planning Commission regarding the scope of the EIR," he wrote in his staff report to the commission. "This is a preliminary step in the preparation of the (EIR) and the review of the project. No action will be taken at this meeting."
The town's draft initial study found 10 environmental areas that might be impacted by the project, including biology, traffic, noise, aesthetics, cultural resources, geology and land-use compatibility, Crompton said.
The project site, several blocks south of the West El Pintado and El Cerro Boulevard intersection, is surrounded by office buildings, a care facility, the 39-unit Ryland Cottages and two single-family parcels on Elsie Drive.
The neighborhood, near the I-680 southbound on-ramp, also consists of two apartment complexes, townhouses and single-family detached homes.
The current proposal from Talmont calls for four larger, two-story buildings -- at about 35 feet tall -- on the north end of the site, with two- and three-bedroom units. The remaining three buildings would be smaller -- each two stories, with two three-bedroom units, about 25 feet tall -- on the eastern and southern portions of the site.
The developers have asked the town to 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 fewer dwelling units per acre than the mixed-use designation.
In addition to the general plan amendment and final EIR certification, the project would also need town approval of a final development plan, rezoning request, major subdivision and tree-removal application down the line.
The Planning Commission's public meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. in downtown Danville.