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Danville talking marijuana social host ordinance, downtown commercial addition

Morning council study session, evening Planning Commission meeting

Two Danville governing bodies are set to meet Tuesday, with the Town Council talking in the morning about a social host ordinance for marijuana use and the Planning Commission meeting in the evening to discuss a remodel downtown.

The town implemented a social host ordinance in the mid-1990s to address the alcohol consumption by juveniles on private property -- intended to deal with the many house parties involving both teens and alcohol.

In the wake of the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the use of recreational marijuana in California for anyone 21 or older, community members are asking that marijuana be added to the social host ordinance.

Specifically, the ordinance, with the requested addition, prohibits homeowners from being able “to permit, allow, suffer, or host at such residence, property, place or premises, any gathering of five or more persons under the age of 21 years where alcoholic beverages (and/or marijuana or cannabis products) are in the possession of or are being consumed by any person under the age of 21 years,” Administrative Lt. Doug Muse wrote in a staff report.

The ordinance also prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol and/or marijuana at any such gathering. Both infractions are punishable “to the maximum extent allowed by state law,” Muse wrote.

In other business at the study session, the council will review the updated 2017 Contra Costa County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and the town of Danville’s annex.

Council members will review the designation of authorized agents while applying for Local Hazard Mitigation Program funds.

The council will review updated grant criteria for the fiscal year 2018-19 business promotion funds.

The council’s study session is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the town offices, 510 La Gonda Way,

Later that evening, the Planning Commission will meet to consider approving a resolution that would modify a previously approved development plan for the remodel and addition to the commercial shopping center at Hettinger Plaza, 200 Hartz Ave.

If approved, the resolution would permit the construction of a nearly 12,000 square foot two-story addition to the site at the intersection of Hartz and E. Linda Mesa avenues, which currently houses Troy Foustino Salon, Stylistics and David Louis clothing store.

This proposal would lead to an extra 2,760 square feet of second story office space than was previously approved.

The commission meeting will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

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