Danville council to talk residential parking permits near SRVHS

Town branding/marketing plan, renaming town newsletter also on agenda

The Danville Town Council is set Tuesday morning to discuss a request from dozens of residents who live near San Ramon Valley High School to implement a new residential parking permit program in their neighborhoods to alleviate safety and security concerns.

Danville officials received a petition with 143 signatures in March from residents asking the town to create a permit program that would limit parking on their streets to only residents and their designated guests from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, according to Andrew Dillard, town transportation manager.

The requested permit system would be the first of its kind for Danville, which doesn't manage or operate any form of residential parking permit program on public streets, Dillard wrote in his staff report to the council.

Town staff recommends the council leave existing parking rules in place in those neighborhoods and hold off on a potential permit program until after assessing the effectiveness of recent and planned future parking improvement efforts near the high school at 501 Danville Blvd.

The petitioners live on Las Barrancas Drive, southern Glen Road, Camino Amigo, Verona Avenue, Love Lane, and Alice, Verona and Camino Amigo courts, according to Dillard.

They have expressed concerns about ongoing issues such as blocked driveways and mailboxes, lack of parking for residents, guests and service providers, traffic circulation, and general safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, he said.

Most of those streets already have parking restrictions, with no parking allowed either 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays or 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. weekdays. School-day parking bans have been one way the town has addressed resident concerns over student parking, Dillard noted.

The town has also worked with school officials to retool and reinvigorate the student carpool program, committed up to $1.2 million toward adding 200 new parking spots as part of the San Ramon Valley High classroom modernization project and focused on improving student parking opportunities on Danville and El Cerro boulevards, Dillard said.

Nearby cities like San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Lafayette do have residential parking programs, including in San Ramon neighborhoods near California High School, according to Dillard.

The town would have to introduce a new ordinance to implement a residential parking program in the San Ramon Valley High area, or any other part of Danville, Dillard said.

The council would also have to hash out issues like location, start-up and ongoing operational costs, permit fees, staffing requirements, number of permits per household, resident verification process, signage and the resulting impact on non-regulated streets.

Dillard asks the council to consider three options Tuesday: maintain existing parking restrictions, develop a residential parking permit program for west side neighborhoods near the high school or create a town-wide permit program.

Town staff recommends leaving current rules in place until after seeing how the situation is affected by parking additions on Danville and El Cerro boulevards and by the anticipated 200 new spots at San Ramon Valley High -- a project set to be complete by August 2018.

Dillard also suggested time to review the effectiveness of expanded parking restrictions on Glen Road and Las Barrancas Drive implemented during the past two years.

The parking discussion is set to lead the slate for the council's morning meeting Tuesday, scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.

In other business

* The council will provide feedback regarding the town's proposal to develop a community branding and marketing plan, which would focus on creating a distinctive brand identity for the town that personifies its vision of "small town atmosphere, outstanding quality of life," town officials said.

Town staff recommends hiring a private consultant to help develop the new plan, with tasks to include leveraging town goals and policies, evaluating all town marketing efforts, facilitating community and stakeholder meetings, presenting brand identity concepts to town officials and developing a detailed final strategic plan.

The town aims to release a request for proposals this week, with consultant candidates' responses due Sept. 15 and the final contract to be awarded Nov. 1. Town staff expects the plan to be finalized early next year.

* Also on the branding front, the council will consider what to name the quarterly printed newsletter the town plans to re-institute later this year.

The town used to issue a print newsletter, Danville Today, via mail across town but that publication was phased into online-only in 2012. Council members decided earlier this year they wanted to bring back the print version, citing a concern that the digital Danville Today newsletter wasn't reaching as many readers.

Town staff members are working on designing the revamped print newsletter and they think a new name might be needed to avoid confusion with Danville Today News, a private monthly periodical mailed in Danville.

Potential names being brought to the council Tuesday include Danville Quarterly, Danville View, The Danville Oak, Danville Connection or retaining the Danville Today name. The town hopes to publish the first newsletter in early October.

* The council members will work on planning for the Mayor's Installation and Community Service Awards presentation, an annual town event held in December during which the council selects a new mayor and vice mayor from among its members and distributes awards to residents, officials and organizations for key contributions to Danville.

The council sometimes hands out design awards for outstanding residential and commercial construction projects as part of the award program.

Town staff recommends the council consider awards in four categories this year: Outstanding Custom Residential Design, Outstanding Mixed-Use Project, Outstanding Historic Renovation and Outstanding Commercial Remodel.

Once the council signs off on the categories, town staff will solicit nominations from town officials and residents, with the goal of having nominees brought to the Design Review Board for consideration Oct. 13 and then to the council for final approval Nov. 8.

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Posted by Aline Soules
a resident of Danville
on Aug 16, 2016 at 9:11 am

I live right next to the SRVHS. Parking in the area will not be alleviated with the new "parking improvement efforts" I've seen so far. In fact, it will now be even more difficult to exit from condo complexes to the north of the school because students can now park right up to the exit driveways, blocking visibility.

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Posted by West Side Resident
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2016 at 9:13 am

The Town of Danville refuses to have a residential parking plan. They do not care about the residents that have lost their use of the on street parking in front of their own homes. The high school has grown over the years and the only option residents have been given is to restrict all parking in front of their homes. This makes it difficult for family and friends to visit or to have work done on your residence. San Ramon and many other cities have residential parking plans that have worked very well. There is no reason why we can't have this too.

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Posted by Hee Bee GB
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2016 at 7:27 am

Parking around the high school is a nightmare. The students need a place to park. The school neighbors need street access around their homes. The Danville businesses need parking for their customers. Maybe the town should have developed parking areas to meet demand before allowing all the extra businesses to be built. But the town did not. Maybe SRVUSD shouldn't have increased the enrollment at SRV without securing needed parking. But they did. I think the town and SRVUSD need to spend some serious discussions on how to find real solutions. I don't see how a residential permit program will solve all these issues.

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Posted by Hee Bee GB
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

Oops. Meant to say SRVUSD did not secure extra parking.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

The school construction plan at SRV includes 200 additional parking spaces, which should help alleviate some of that burden.

Although I understand that the school places a parking burden on the neighborhood (maybe even with the existing weekday parking restrictions), let's not forget two things: (1) homeowners near the high school bought their homes knowing that the school was nearby -- it's been there for over 100 years!; and (2) part of the reason that many homeowners purchased their homes there is the (present or past) benefit of the proximity of the school for their children. It would be unreasonable for them to expect only benefits, but no costs, from living nearby.

These are likely many of the same folks who complain about noise from sporting events at the school. If they don't like all that comes with living near an active school site full of young people, then don't live there.

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Posted by Joey B
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

Anyone know what happened behind closed doors in the "Closed Door Session"? Looks like they were going to discuss the purchase of 279 Front Street downtown? What will that cost us taxpayers?? Many-Millions I assume!

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