Danville council to consider higher recycling mandate for new construction

Audited 2015-16 financial report, marketing/branding plan update also on tap

The Danville Town Council is set to discuss Tuesday increasing how much construction and debris materials from many building projects in town have to be recycled, in order to align local rules with new state standards taking effect in the new year.

Since 2009, the town has mandated that 50% of materials from certain construction and demolition projects must be diverted away from the landfill through recycling or reuse, according to city attorney Robert Ewing.

State rules also required 50% diversion, but the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code -- set to take effect Jan. 1 -- raises the diversion mandate to a minimum of 65%. Danville officials now recommend the town amend its ordinance to match the new state standards.

"Doing so will reduce any potential confusion between the ordinances and will also allow the town to continue with the process we have developed over the years," Ewing wrote in his staff report to the council.

The new state requirements would apply to new construction and demolition projects for residential and non-residential projects, as well as all permitted addition or alteration projects for non-residential buildings and additions or alterations to existing residential buildings that increase the building's conditioned area, size or volume.

The town's ordinance would take effect Jan. 20, but the town's building division would rely on the state recycling mandate once it takes effect Jan. 1, according to Ewing.

The debris diversion discussion is among several open-session items set for Tuesday night's council meeting, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.

In other business

* The council will consider approving the town's audited comprehensive financial report for the 2015-16 budget year.

Town auditors from Pun Group, LLP, rendered an unmodified opinion, determining the town's financial statements were free of material misstatements and fairly represented the town's actual financial situation as of June 30 -- the end of last fiscal year.

The town's general fund realized a net increase of almost $2.7 million, with revenues coming in higher than originally budgeted and expenditures coming in below budget with cost-savings in all departments, according to town staff.

* Council members will also receive regular updates on the Danville Planning Commission, the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the town's Maintenance Services Department.

* Following the regular meeting, the council will adjourn to a public study session to talk about the town's community branding and marketing plan (CBMP) update.

"The (plan) would unify the community branding used in efforts for economic development, retail promotion and destination marketing, as well as the promotion of other town programs and services," town officials said in their latest staff report to the council.

"Creation of a CBMP is a specific strategy within the adopted Comprehensive Economic Development Plan that will provide turnkey marketing tools for the business community and town to foster economic vitality," they added.

The branding and marketing plan is still in its planning and outreach phases. Town officials hope they and consultant Bellweather, LLC, will finalize a draft plan by February and take it to the council for adoption in March.

* Also during the study session Tuesday, the council will continue planning for the town's 35th annual Mayor's Installation and Community Service Awards program, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Village Theatre in downtown Danville.

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