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Danville commission to discuss 37-unit townhouse project near downtown

Plus: Town Council considers appointing residents to open advisory boards

The Danville Planning Commission is set to talk about a new 37-unit townhouse project located at 359 and 375 West El Pintado and consider making a final recommendation to the Town Council on Tuesday.

Located on a 1.88-acre site near downtown Danville, the project -- proposed by Alamo-based Talmont Homes -- includes 10 three-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units, that range in size from 1,355 square feet to 1,735 square feet.

According to a town staff report by principal planner David Crompton, concerns raised by the commission at previous meetings reviewing the project include on-site parking, bicycle safety and traffic impacts.

“The Planning Commission was particularly concerned that the tandem parking spaces would most likely be used for storage over time, resulting in a shortage of on-site parking,” Crompton said.

Crompton added that in order to address concerns over parking, developers eliminated all of the proposed tandem parking spaces, resulting all parking spaces now contained within one- or two-car garages, assigned or guest surface parking spaces. And that while the project is required to contain 81 on-site parking spaces, it currently contains 83.

Improvements to the project have alleviated concerns for bicycle safety in the area according to Crompton who said the improvements would “result in safer conditions for bicyclists and pedestrian(s) on West El Pintado.” Improvements include adding a new sidewalk along the project frontage connecting to the existing sidewalk leading to El Cerro, and the cutting back of an existing knoll to provide improved line of sight.

As for traffic, Crompton said the Transportation Impact Study found that intersection operations were found to operate acceptably during peak traffic hours.

If approved, six of the units would be designated as affordable housing units, in accordance with the town’s inclusionary housing requirements.

Town planning staff recommends the commission endorse the project for council approval.

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

In other business

During a special meeting held prior to the start of the Planning Commission's regular one, the Town Council will meet to discuss the appointment of several residents to various town advisory boards with open seats.

The Town Council will consider appointing residents to available positions on the town’s Arts Commission, Parks and Leisure Services Commission, and Design Review Board; Contra Costa County Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee; and County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee. Council members will also consider appointing a poet laureate.

After discussing the available appointments, council members will convene to a closed session -- not open to the public -- to discuss existing litigation with Verizon Wireless.

The Town Council is set to meet for a special meeting Tuesday, 8 a.m., at the Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way.

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