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Danville planners to talk environmental impacts of townhouse development

'Public scoping session' designed to give residents, commission chance for input early in review process

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.

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10 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Danville
on Feb 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Where there is open space Danville builds. This small town that I grew up in is full of traffic . Too many homes and no road renovation space .


3 people like this
Posted by eject town council
a resident of Danville
on Feb 9, 2016 at 11:41 am

This project violates the 2030 General Plan. That is why it needs a General Plan Amendment. The 2030 Plan was approved in 2013 after many hearings attended by thousands of local residents at which they voiced opposition to changing land use designations to squeeze more high density development in. How dare the Council try to amend the Plan already!

Which Council member voted against the General Plan Amendment study? The rest should be recalled!


2 people like this
Posted by Click the link...
a resident of Danville
on Feb 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm

* The council approved of moving forward with a general plan amendment study to consider the merits of a developer's request to redesignate a 0.29-acre parcel on West El Pintado as mixed-use land as part of its plan to build a new 38-townhouse project.

The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Newell Arnerich in dissent, saying some nearby residents asked the council to protect them from the rezoning.

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.

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 fewer dwelling units per acre than the mixed-use designation.

Tuesday's discussion occurred early in the town's process of weighing the merits of the project and was aimed at giving council members and the public an opportunity to comment during the early stages, town officials said. No citizens spoke to the council during the discussion.


2 people like this
Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

Even if residents spoke up at a meeting or any other meetings it would not do any good. Danville council and planners want more developments for more revenue for the town. They don't care about traffic congestion or what residents want. Get over it! They are in control. Only way to change it is to have larger numbers voting and getting pro-development leaders out of office. Follow the money. Look at Walnut Creek, council there now realizes it gave too much to developers and has ruined what was a nice town. Danville was a nice town once too.


2 people like this
Posted by MR PM
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Try that in the City of Thousand Oaks Ca.?


5 people like this
Posted by jo
a resident of Danville
on Feb 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm

SAY NO !!! Enough is Enough traffic on West El Pintado.. look at every housing in the last few years... they all park on streets and other parking lots.. Still waiting for our sidewalks that got promised 10 years ago.. wish someone from the town cared about us folks...


2 people like this
Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Kudos to Mr. Arnerich for voting against this. We do NOT want the 2030 General Plan continuing to be amended to facilitate stack and pack housing in our town of Danville. I drive that street every day and it is already a mass of cars parked on the street. The answer is NO and we will be looking forward to retiring a number of incumbents on the Town Council when given the chance to do so. Note to Renee Morgan, Mike Doyle and others......we are watching this one very closely.


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