Drought, downtown parking to lead docket when council, commissions meet

Annual workshop to bring together Danville Town Council, five advisory groups

The Danville Town Council is set to meet with members of four town commissions and one advisory board during an annual group workshop late Monday afternoon, with talking points to include water management, town police services and downtown parking.

The five council members will join representatives from Danville's Design Review Board and Planning, Heritage Resource, Arts, and Parks and Leisure Services commissions for a two-hour public workshop starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday inside the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

The session will begin with opening remarks from Mayor Karen Stepper and introductions among the officials, followed by town staff providing the group with updates on the Danville Police Department and downtown parking issues.

The representatives will then participate in a brainstorming discussion on effective water and landscape management.

"Current drought conditions and future lack of water supply has the potential to impact town parks, landscapes, roadways, medians and features, all of which support the local quality of life," town officials wrote in the workshop's agenda packet, which also includes status reports on recent activities of the council and the five advisory groups.

The workshop will wrap up with an opportunity for final questions and comments. After the discussion, the representatives are set to attend a social and dinner at Dana's at the Livery and Mercantile down the road on Sycamore Valley Road.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Danville
on Feb 29, 2016 at 7:49 pm

From a business owners perspective, I think parking should be a priority issue. Three places that offered some parking on the southern edge of the down town region are being converted to retail. Soon, there will be lots of retail but no place for consumers to park. The parking is already insufficient and our customers sometimes voice their displeasure about this. With the three parking lots being converted to retail, I'm afraid that the street parking will become untenable, and our customers will go elsewhere. Danville will lose its luster as a destination locale. We used to have dinner with friends in Danville on a regular basis, but now they want us to go to Pleasanton because of the parking. Honestly, I'm also afraid that six years of investment and sweat equity in our business will be for nothing.

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