The Danville Planning Commission is set to receive a report detailing the state of California’s efforts to create housing solutions, with specific attention being paid Tuesday evening to Senate Bill 330, also known as the Housing Crisis Act (HCA) of 2019.
Going into effect on Jan. 1, city officials say SB 330 was designed in order to reduce the time it takes to approve housing developments in California and in some cases may work to pre-empt local authority over the approval of developments.
“One of the provisions of the HCA is that it creates a ‘preliminary application’ process. Once a preliminary application is submitted, all development standards, design guidelines, policies, and fees in affect at that time are locked in,” town principal planner David Crompton said in a staff report. “The law prohibits cities from imposing any additional requirements on a development. This would include any conditions of approval that are not supported by pre-existing ordinances or policies.”
Crompton added that in reaction to the act, the town intends to adopt a “residential development standards policy” in order to create its own standards for future developments.
Commissioners also plan on selecting a Planning Commission chair and vice chair for the upcoming year during their Tuesday meeting.
The Danville Planning Commission is scheduled to gather for its regular meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.