Danville council to debate 18-home project on Tassajara Nursery property

Also: Family Justice Center report, 2020 Census proclamation, budget workshop

An 18-home development in eastern Danville near Sycamore Valley Elementary School is set to be the main topic of conversation at the Danville Town Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, when the town leaders will review the new development plan.

According to a town staff report by Danville’s chief of planning Kevin J. Gailey, the development plan for the project requests that town officials rezone and subdivide the 5.05-acre Tassajara Nursery property -- located on 2550 Camino Tassajara -- for an 18 single-family-home residential development.

Sizes of each lot would vary in size, with the largest lot taking 10,054-square-feet and the smallest 6,745-square-feet, however the average size would be comprised of 8,650-square-feet. Homes would be two-story, single-family, detached residences that would maintain a minimum average frontyard setback of 20 feet.

Concerns over increased traffic congestion and parking difficulties are not high areas of worry, according to Gailey, who wrote that the traffic impact report found “that the project is expected to have a less-than-significant impact at all study intersections. The report also found that the planned site access, onsite circulation, and project parking would be adequate.”

An arborist report attached to the project description noted that in order to build the development 37 trees would need to be removed, seven of which are town protected trees.

Town staff have recommended that, after discussion Tuesday night, the council members return to consider final approval of the project at their regular meeting on May 21.

The Danville Town Council is scheduled to hold its regular meeting Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

In other business

* To start off the meeting, the council will hear a presentation updating them on the activities of the Contra Costa County’s Family Justice Center, by deputy district attorney Dana Filkowski, and executive director of the center Susun Kim.

* Recognizing the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census, the council will present a proclamation announcing its appreciation of the county’s efforts to conduct the survey to the county’s District II 2020 Census Complete Count Steering Committee member Aparna Madireddi.

* Council members will also consider adopting new regulations concerning building demolition permits in order to eliminate building materials that potentially contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

PCBs are oils to which chlorine has been added to keep them from breaking down in industrial applications, according to the Bay Area’s Regional Water Quality Control Board. These PCBs are commonly found in urban stormwater runoff and end up contaminating fish in the San Francisco Bay.

New regulations can reduce the flow of PCBs into the bay by screening for the buildings where these oils are commonly found.

* An informational staff report with no official decision to be made, the council will also review the town’s quarterly investment report by Chandler Asset Management.

* After the conclusion of its regular meeting’s agenda items, the council will excuse themselves to a closed session not open to the public where they will discuss the purchase of property located on 115-125 Hartz Ave., and also review their current litigation with Verizon Wireless.

* The Town Council also plans to meet earlier Tuesday for a special study session where they will review a draft of the town’s 2019-20 operating budget and capital improvement program and discuss the town’s position on various state housing legislation issues.

The special study session will be held prior to the start of the council’s regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Town Meeting Hall.

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