Danville: Tuesday meetings to review Bay Area housing crisis, new daycare permit

Council to meet in the morning, followed by Planning Commission at night

Danville town leaders will be holding two public meetings to discuss issues facing the town on Tuesday, including the Town Council convening at a special morning meeting to talk about state and local housing trends as it relates to a recent report by the Committee to House the Bay Area.

Later Tuesday evening, the Planning Commission will review a land-use permit for a daycare center in a house in southeast Danville.

First at the special morning meeting, town officials will review the “CASA Compact: A 15-Year Emergency Policy Package to Confront the Housing Crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area,” and discuss how it will specifically affect Danville as well as the region as a whole.

According to a town staff report by assistant town manager Tai J. Williams, the CASA Compact in summary seeks to:

* Produce 35,000 housing units per year

* Preserve 30,000 affordable units

* Protect 300,000 lower-income households (those who spend more than 50% of income on their housing).

In her report, Williams also criticized potential drawbacks of the compact, saying its “one-size-fits-all approach” will likely be counterproductive in smaller suburban communities like Danville.

“While some of the proposals in the compact are not of grave concern to the town, many of them -- if translated into actual law -- would present significant negative consequences for Danville,” Williams wrote.

Most drawbacks of the plan, according to many municipalities, stem from the reduced local control agencies such as the Danville council will have over the review and approval of housing development projects.

Potential consequences of the plan, according to Williams, include Danville would be required to fund projects throughout the Bay Area, with no guarantee of the town receiving any funding; limited ability to review projects that fit the town’s character; limited ability to minimize impacts on existing infrastructure and other town services such as schools and police.

The council’s special meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 9 a.m. at the Danville town offices, 510 La Gonda Way.

Later Tuesday, the Danville Planning Commission will convene to review an appeal requesting the commission deny a land-use permit request allowing the operation of a large family daycare home, located at 65 Chadbourne Drive, near the intersection of Camino Tassajara and Wood Ranch Road.

The proposed project, which was endorsed by town staff before the resident appeal, would operate in an existing 2,670-square-foot residence, allow for a maximum of 14 children and would operate Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The appellant, Evan Levy, submitted a letter requesting the denial of the land-use permit stating concerns over increases in traffic and noise from the daycare, as well as a delay in public notification over the project.

Levy further argued that the proposed site is not consistent with the design and layout of the commercial buildings in the neighborhood.

Town staff recommend the Planning Commission deny the appeal and allow the daycare to operate.

The commission will meet to review the daycare project at its regular meeting, Tuesday 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

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