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Danville looks to streamline housing development process in response to state legislation

Planning Commission to review addition to downtown commercial property

The Danville Planning Commission is set to review its residential development standards during its regular meeting on Tuesday night, responding to state-enacted policies resulting from Californian Senate Bill SB 330, “The Housing Crisis Act of 2019.”

Aiming to streamline the local approval process for housing developments in communities throughout the state, SB 330 requires local government agencies to create development standards that developers can review prior to submitting a project proposal.

“Once adopted, the standards would apply to any qualifying residential development application submitted after adoption. The standards are intended to provide clear, objective development standards which would inform an applicant of town requirements prior to the submittal of a pre-application or application,” Danville principal planner David Crompton said in a staff report.

After standards are established, Crompton says the law prohibits governments from imposing any new requirements on a development other than what already exists.

Planning commissioners are also set to review a proposed 1,759-square-foot, first-floor addition to an existing 24,559-square-foot commercial building located on the edge of downtown.

Located at 156 Diablo Road, the project would fill in a space underneath two stories of commercial space which was previously used for drive-thru banking when Community Bank of the Bay Area was located in the building.

Crompton noted that if approved the project would add a parking demand of 7.8 parking spaces, which would need to be purchased off-site through the payment of Danville’s off-site parking in-lieu fee.

The Danville Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss these issues and others during its regular meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

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