Updates to General Plan on docket for Danville council

Firestorms, zoning text amendments, Community Service Awards event planning also on study session schedule

The Danville Town Council is set to hear a presentation on the status of and updates to the town's General Plan during a study session Tuesday morning.

Town staff has raised the need to revisit the General Plan in order to correct a mapping error and clarify language related to residential net and gross densities, as well as preparing an annual Housing Element implementation progress report, in line with state law.

Danville's General Plan hasn't been updated since it was adopted in 2013.

The mapping error concerns incorrect General Plan land-use and zoning district designations for the properties along the east side of El Dorado Avenue, near the intersection of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and the Iron Horse Regional Trail.

The properties were initially designated as "residential -- multifamily medium density," but due to what is believed to be an unintended mapping error (potentially from GIS mapping), the General Plan 2010 and 2030 designations changed to "residential - single family - low density."

Staff recommends that the General Plan's designation revert to its appropriate multifamily designation. Additionally, staff recommends that the zoning designation be amended to match the General Plan -- currently, the zoning designation would allow for a density of up to 30 units per acre, while the General Plan's multifamily designation only permits 13 to 21 units per net acre.

The second update refers to the use of "gross acreage" versus "net acreage" when calculating a development's potential density. When the 2030 General Plan was crafted, the language was changed from "gross acreage" to "net acreage" -- the idea being that this was more appropriate for multifamily sites, since they generally don't use internal public streets and rights of way. But according to staff, this presents a problem for single-family developments.

"The net acreage provision in the General Plan means that the density must be calculated net of the public street right of way that will be required to serve the new homes, as well as the existing homes on either side of the property," assistant town manager Tai Williams wrote in a staff report. "This could reduce the acreage available to calculate the density by 20 to 25 percent.

"Although the General Plan land-use designation on this property is identical to that of the surrounding properties, application of the net acreage methodology would significantly reduce the development potential and unduly burden the property."

Staff recommends that the General Plan be amended to allow residential land parcels designated as "single family - low density" or "single family - medium density" to calculate density using the plot's "gross acreage."

And finally, in line with more stringent state law requirements, the town of Danville will need to submit a Housing Element implementation progress report in order to request "One Bay Area Grant 2" funding, which comes from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Right now, the town is slated to receive $1.357 million in OBAG 2 funding for the Camino Ramon improvement project in fiscal year 2019-20.

In order to request these funds, Danville would have to submit the progress report by Dec. 20 -- the report would then be included on a future council agenda.

The council is set to offer feedback on the updates and the progress report at Tuesday's meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the town offices, 510 La Gonda Way.

In other business

* Finance manager Lani Ha will present the town's comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2016-17.

* Williams will present on the status of and updates to the town's zoning text amendments.

* Geoff Gillette, the town's public information coordinator, and Jeff Hebel, emergency services manager, will debrief the council on the Napa and Sonoma County firestorms.

* City clerk Marie Sunseri will make a presentation on the planning for the 36th Mayor's Installation and Community Service Awards program.

* During a closed session directly after the open meeting, the council will conduct a performance evaluation for city attorney Robert Ewing.


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