Danville commission to debate house addition near Diablo

Residents appealed town's denial of proposed expansion that would encroach into required yard setback

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.

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22 people like this
Posted by Greg T
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 11, 2016 at 6:55 pm

I'm sorry to sound like a hard-*ss. But rules are rules and if you allow one exception you then have to allow alot of others. Frankly can't the homeowner just make their addition 3 feet less? So, their 500+ square foot master bedroom addition maybe goes down to 470sq ft. Big deal.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2016 at 6:23 am

Greg is correct. If the variance is allowed once, then it will have to be allowed again, and again, and again in various forms I wouldn't want a house to be expanded even 10 ft from the lot line let alone closer. The neighbors may not be comfortable voicing their true opinion due to hard feelings from neighbors. The town should uphold the planning commission's decision.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2016 at 7:30 am

Zoning rules are in place for a reason. If you make one exception, you'll have to make one hundred. If the buyers weren't happy with the home, they shouldn't of bought it in the first place. I'm sorry as well..

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Posted by Julie K
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Jul 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

Matching the original architecture is way more important to the look of the neighborhood than 3 feet. It's a good thing for the neighbors. Besides, Adam Glimme is the teacher here, right? He and his brother are fantastic teachers in the area. And he volunteers time with monte vista football program, and I'm sure a lot of other stuff. Their family gives so much to this community. I wish they would give them the 3 feet.

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Posted by Question?
a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2016 at 11:28 am

Julie K, the issue is following the regulations and laws that everyone else has to follow, not whether the applicant is" a school teacher". Am I missing something, do school teachers now have immunity from following the same laws and regulations that everyone else has to following? We are becoming a nation that no longer follows the rule of law. Hillary can violate criminal statutes with her e-mail server, but faces no charges. "Protesters" can violate criminal statutes by shutting down freeways and vandalizing police stations, but face no charges. Now, the issue is whether school teachers should have to follow the same laws and ordinances of everyone else. Very sad commentary on our society.

3 people like this
Posted by Adam G
a resident of Green Valley Elementary School
on Jul 12, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Julie K the variance was approved by a vote of 6 to 1! Thanks for your support!

2 people like this
Posted by Danvillian
a resident of Danville
on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:15 am

@Question: teachers aren't immune, as they mostly lack the capital needed to sustain a lawsuit against the Town. By contrast, that day trader who built an unpermitted baseball field on his premises and ignored stop-work orders -- THAT guy I$ immune.

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Posted by Question?
a resident of Danville
on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:29 am

Danvillian: Did you read the story? The poor underpaid school teacher( who of course is buying a house near Diablo Country Club) also had the capital to hire an attorney and lawyer up, as he needed an even bigger master suite. Not bad for someone who works less 10 months a year. No wonder the teachers union always bankrolls the Democrats. Don't worry about rules, laws, regulations, they don' apply to those who are part of the Democrat's machine.

3 people like this
Posted by Danvillian
a resident of Danville
on Jul 13, 2016 at 8:18 am

The point is not that all day traders are Repubs, or that all teachers are Dems -- your Mama was right about what your assumptions make you. The point I$ that the Town is a paper tiger when it comes to these issues. Not sure why ANYone would bother with permit details.

And poor you. Say, you Could always change Parties, reap the Many (many) rewards and quit having to take all those antacids.

2 people like this
Posted by Ryan L
a resident of Danville
on Jul 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

congrats Glimme family, I am sure the addition will be beautiful.

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