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Danville commission to debate house addition in ridgeline area

Town staff recommends exception to major ridgeline ordinance

The Danville Planning Commission is set to decide Tuesday whether to allow a second-story addition on a house in northern Danville that falls within a town-identified major ridgeline area.

Resident Brent Tucker wants to build a 1,066-square-foot addition atop the garage on his property on Santiago Lane, east of the Diablo Road and El Cerro Boulevard intersection. Since the parcel sits within a major ridgeline area, he needs an exception from town regulations to allow the project to occur within 100 vertical feet of the top of the ridgeline.

Danville planning staff and the town's Design Review Board recommend the commission approve the project and endorse an exception to the town's scenic hillside/major ridge line ordinance.

"It is the town's opinion that the proposed location preserves the predominant views from and of the major ridge line areas and is consistent with the scenic hillside and major ridge line ordinance," town associate planner Crystal De Castro said in a staff report.

The Design Review Board supported the project June 30 after recommending changes in property landscape, design, colors and materials. The project would need to adhere to a list of conditions of approval, with strict guidelines regarding site planning, landscaping, architecture and street restrictions.

The new addition is designed to sit as far beneath the center line of the major ridgeline as practical in order to preserve surrounding views, De Castro said.

The commission is set to weigh in Tuesday night during its regular meeting, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

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7 people like this
Posted by Mrs B
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2016 at 7:00 am

Will everyone else have this privilege too?


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Posted by Ralph Kramden
a resident of Danville
on Jul 26, 2016 at 8:32 am

Mrs B - if you propose an exception, go through the required process and gain the approval of the planning commission, YES - you will have the same privilege.


5 people like this
Posted by J.G.Eytel
a resident of Danville
on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

It appears the Danville Planning Commission does not choose to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the commission Charter . Approval of exemptions to an an issue that has been denied in the past. creates a precedence that opens the door wide for a myriad of other Danvile, Alamo, etal to submit requests and plans for residential expansions that may alter the view, character and uniqueness why other residents have purchased their residence. Lest we forget they too pay promptly taxes in these Towns. I hope the Commisson has cogitated on the ramifications of this decision.


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Posted by local resident
a resident of Danville
on Jul 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

Danville Council members/planning commissioners love development, even on land supposed to be open space (Elworthy Ranch "Quail Ridge" and Magee Ranch SummerHill Homes development). They even get their own developments approved when they are in office ( Councilman Robert Storer). Need a variance? No problem!No standards apply here!


6 people like this
Posted by No clue
a resident of Danville
on Jul 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Looks like a bunch of folks, yet again, have no clue what they are talking about. Almost no variances are granted in Danville. Perhaps if any of you ever attended a meeting, you would have a better idea.

The meetings are open to the public every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Feel free to educate yourself.


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