The Danville Planning Commission is set to discuss Tuesday whether to allow a local couple to build an addition on their house near Diablo Country Club despite the project proposal violating town rules regarding setbacks from neighboring properties.
Residents Adam and Gina Glimme applied in May for permission to construct the addition, which would include a new, 506-square-foot master suite at the front of their recently purchased house on Via Cima Court, east of the intersection of Stone Valley and Green Valley roads.
The addition as proposed would encroach approximately three feet into the required minimum 10-foot side-yard setback on the western side of the residence.
The town's Planning Division denied the couple's application on June 3, concluding in part that there were feasible alternatives for the addition that would not require a variance from the town's setback rules, project planner Winnie Mui wrote in a staff report to the commission.
The Glimmes appealed the decision June 13, asking the Planning Commission to reverse town staff's denial. Danville planning staff recommends the commission deny the appeal and uphold staff's original rejection of the request, according to Mui.
The couple, who said they both grew up in Danville and recently moved back to the town from Concord to raise their children, want to increase the living space of their single-family home.
"We have talked with our neighbors, and they have no problem with the proposed addition," the Glimmes wrote in their original application to the town. "We would love to be able to stay here long-term and turn our home into a space that is a little roomier for our growing family."
The Planning Division found that the addition would "result in a grant of special privilege and be inconsistent with the limitations on other properties in the vicinity," chief of planning Kevin J. Gailey wrote in a letter to the couple after their application was denied.
"No special circumstance applicable to the subject property ... have been identified to justify granting of the proposed variance," Gailey added.
Although town officials sent the Glimmes an alternative addition concept that would not violate local property regulations, the town's proposal "shrinks" the addition and does not "match up" with the existing residence architecture, attorney Allan C. Moore wrote on behalf of the Glimmes in their appeal. Moore also argued that the addition is "very minor" and "reasonable."
The commission meeting is set to start at 7:30 p.m at the Danville Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front Street.