The Danville Town Council is set to consider Tuesday clarifying recently implemented regulations that prohibit smoking at multifamily housing complexes.
The council members in November approved a new ordinance to ban smoking within residential units in multifamily complexes such as apartments and condominiums, as well as on patios or balconies in those complexes and all common areas of the building and property -- other than designated smoking areas.
But after those regulations took effect May 1, town officials said confusion arose about certain complexes in town, like some in Crow Canyon Country Club, that have one-story, attached single-family homes grouped in sets of three or more and therefore fall under the smoking ordinance's multifamily definition.
Danville staff recommends the council narrow the scope of the original ordinance to multifamily buildings with four or more units. "This is consistent with the town's original intent," city attorney Rob Ewing and assistant to the town manager Nat Rojanasathira wrote in their staff report to the council.
Town officials also received inquiries about how the smoking rules apply at complexes that feature a mix of single-family and multifamily buildings. They suggest an amendment to clarify that the ban applies to all common areas of any complex that has at least one building meeting the multifamily definition.
"This will ensure consistency and make the application of the ordinance more readily understandable to affected owners and tenants," Ewing and Rojanasathira wrote.
The council on Tuesday will consider introducing the ordinance establishing the clarifications and advancing it for final approval July 19. The meeting is set to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.
In other business, the council will present a proclamation declaring this as Parks Make Life Better Month.
Henry Perezalonso, manager of the Recreation, Arts and Community Services Department, will give a presentation updating the council on recent department activities and accomplishments.
Council members will receive a semi-annual update on the TRAFFIX program, which is a joint venture among the town, city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and the school district aimed at addressing congestion caused by school-related traffic in the area's busiest intersections.