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Danville: Planning Commission to vote on proposed self-storage facility downtown

New business would be exception to rule for district generally reserved for office space

Rendering of the Danville Storage Facility proposed for 344 Diablo Road. (Image courtesy town of Danville)

The Danville Planning Commission is set Tuesday to consider approving the final measures necessary to allow for a proposed self-storage facility within a downtown business area designated for office use.

Following a joint meeting with the Design Review Board and Heritage Resource Commission, planning commissioners will discuss a resolution that would approve a mitigated negative declaration of environmental significance, as well as a development plan request and land-use permit for a proposed 22,847-square-foot self-storage building on a 0.96-acre parcel on Diablo Road.

The land-use permit is required in order for a non-office facility to be built within Danville's Downtown Business District 6 designation, which is slated for office facilities.

Commissioners indicated general support for the proposed project during a study session in November 2020, and the Design Review Board recommended approval of the project at its Jan. 13 meeting this year.

While the proposed project would require a land use permit to make it an exception to the rule of DBD 6 being reserved for office spaces, staff note that "the proposed development complies with all the development standards for the applicable zoning designation, including height, setbacks, and floor area ratio," in the report prepared for Tuesday's meeting.

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Although successful developments within DBD 6 are generally required to house office spaces, the ordinance relating to the district allows for approval of other facilities by the Planning Commission "on a case-by-case basis where a finding is made that the proposed use is consistent with the intent and purpose of this chapter," according to town staff.

"The proposed use is compatible and complementary to the uses and intent of the zoning district as its potential clients are the surrounding offices," the staff report for Tuesday's meeting said.

Planning commissioners are set to meet for a study session with the Design Review Board and Heritage Resource Commission starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 26), before commencing their regular meeting. The agenda is available here.

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Danville: Planning Commission to vote on proposed self-storage facility downtown

New business would be exception to rule for district generally reserved for office space

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, Apr 25, 2022, 4:01 pm

The Danville Planning Commission is set Tuesday to consider approving the final measures necessary to allow for a proposed self-storage facility within a downtown business area designated for office use.

Following a joint meeting with the Design Review Board and Heritage Resource Commission, planning commissioners will discuss a resolution that would approve a mitigated negative declaration of environmental significance, as well as a development plan request and land-use permit for a proposed 22,847-square-foot self-storage building on a 0.96-acre parcel on Diablo Road.

The land-use permit is required in order for a non-office facility to be built within Danville's Downtown Business District 6 designation, which is slated for office facilities.

Commissioners indicated general support for the proposed project during a study session in November 2020, and the Design Review Board recommended approval of the project at its Jan. 13 meeting this year.

While the proposed project would require a land use permit to make it an exception to the rule of DBD 6 being reserved for office spaces, staff note that "the proposed development complies with all the development standards for the applicable zoning designation, including height, setbacks, and floor area ratio," in the report prepared for Tuesday's meeting.

Although successful developments within DBD 6 are generally required to house office spaces, the ordinance relating to the district allows for approval of other facilities by the Planning Commission "on a case-by-case basis where a finding is made that the proposed use is consistent with the intent and purpose of this chapter," according to town staff.

"The proposed use is compatible and complementary to the uses and intent of the zoning district as its potential clients are the surrounding offices," the staff report for Tuesday's meeting said.

Planning commissioners are set to meet for a study session with the Design Review Board and Heritage Resource Commission starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 26), before commencing their regular meeting. The agenda is available here.

Comments

Anonymous
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Diablo
on Apr 26, 2022 at 8:23 am
Anonymous , Diablo
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on Apr 26, 2022 at 8:23 am

A Self Storage facility at the forefront of the town of Danville would be a terrible use of land, both functionally and aesthetically. Hopefully this will not pass!


Steve Westcott
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Danville
on Apr 26, 2022 at 8:45 am
Steve Westcott, Danville
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on Apr 26, 2022 at 8:45 am

So this is what we want people to see when they come down Diablo Road into the downtown area? Are you kidding? You have empty storefronts all over downtown because the rent is sick but a self-storage facility fits the bill for what Danville NEEDS? Really?


Robin Taylor
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Danville
on Apr 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Robin Taylor, Danville
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on Apr 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm

I agree with the first two comments. Self storage is not a good use of downtown space. Downtown should be about generating the ambiance of foot traffic. How many people are going to come to look at their stuff in storage?


Ty Webb
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Danville
on Apr 28, 2022 at 5:15 pm
Ty Webb, Danville
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on Apr 28, 2022 at 5:15 pm

To the three commenters above clearly you didn’t do any research based on the article. The current structure is totally hidden on Diablo Road and it’s a dilapidated abandoned building for the most part. Many businesses in Danville have a need for storage. think retailers that need to store inventory, or law firms that need to store files, or restaurants that need to store catering equipment, or construction companies that need to store materials. All of these businesses can utilize the storage space at a cheaper rent then having bigger spaces where their businesses are located that’s a good thing. The building isn’t even visible on Diablo Road and when it’s built it’ll look like an office building anyway so what’s the big issue?


Cvcakim
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Danville
on May 2, 2022 at 8:17 am
Cvcakim, Danville
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on May 2, 2022 at 8:17 am

Ty, I completely agree with your comments. As the owner of several buildings in historic downtown Danville and just a few blocks away from the proposed storage facility, I find its design to be thoughtfully done and a good addition to the area. I hope the town votes to approve the project. To those who disagree, please take the time to look at the plans and reconsider your opinions if for no other reason than to educate yourself on how to develop informed opinions about the brief headlines you read. For this proposed building see:
Web Link


Chris Koenig
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Danville
on May 2, 2022 at 9:57 am
Chris Koenig, Danville
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on May 2, 2022 at 9:57 am

Thanks Ty and Cvcakim. I am one of the owners/developers of this project and you both are spot on with the need for storage by local businesses and people working from home. My partners and I are really looking forward to contributing to the downtown Danville business community.
The Planning Department worked well with us to design a Class-A looking building that will fit in nicely with the neighboring office buildings.
If anyone has any questions or wants to look at the building/plans, etc feel free to contact me: 925-314-3849 or [email protected]


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