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Danville council denies appeal, endorses 150-unit apartment complex

Original post made on Jul 19, 2017

The proposed Diablo Road apartment project will move forward, after a public hearing on Tuesday night, which was well-attended and over three hours long.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 11:42 PM

Comments (24)

Posted by Old Timer
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 7:06 am

They are ruining our once quaint town. The streets can't handle any more traffic. It's over populated. The stores, restaurants, and schools are packed. It's going to end up like Lafayette, too congested. It's a shame.

Posted by gg
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 7:12 am

Time to leave this crap hole called Danville !!

Posted by AC
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

Like there wasn't enough traffic on the roads already. 680 is so crowded now and the 580/680 intersection is always backed up and slow even on weekends. Such a shame that the council still approved this project.

Posted by vicki
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

Why did they even have a meeting? You know they were going to pass it. Greedy people, it's all about the $$.

Posted by Danville Citizen
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

It looks like we need to have new people on the planning commission:
Terms expiring December 31, 2018: Kerri Heusler, Robert Combs, Archie Bowles
Terms expiring December 31, 2020: Mark Graham, Randy Haberl, Paul Radich, Andrew Verriere, David Havlik - Alt.

Posted by Thoughts
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 9:29 am

AC- ever consider that this project might reduce traffic by providing much needed housing near employment centers like bishop ranch?

Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

Herman Glates is a registered user.

The article doesn’t mention the names of the Town Council members who voted to approve this project. They are:

Karen Stepper
Lisa Blackwell
Robert Storer


By this vote, they have shown their intention to ghettoize Danville. They should have enforced the zoning rules and required the buildings to be smaller and fit within Danville’s charm and character.

Karen Stepper’s comment makes me want to barf. She says, “The need for the housing is there.”

Well of course there is a housing need. But that doesn’t mean you should approve every ugly proposal.

When it’s time for re-election, WE WILL REMEMBER what you did to our town.

Posted by Stella
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:47 am

Once again we have been hoodwinked. The meetings where you think your concerns are being considered are a sham. There was never any doubt this project would be approved. Vote them all out!

Posted by Treetopper
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

Just an open note: Folks, we cannot live in a Vacuum. If we don’t flow with the times, we will certainly fall behind and our quaint little town will become a ghetto. I once lived in a town where they did stifle upward growth. Now, when you drive through the quaint neighborhoods, you see houses painted purple, orange, pink and colors that defy description. Dirty cars in the driveway and up on blocks. Nicely manicured lawns now replaced with dry dead weeds. If we don’t move with the times, Danville will wither and die. For those who remember, the 680 was built and it cut our town in half. Certainly unpleasant for our town but if the freeway had not been built, our main street would still be lined with gas stations. Just sayin'.

Posted by Danviller
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Bribery is alive and well, and knows where Danville is.

Posted by Born and Raised
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

"Ghettoize" Danville by building apartments? Seriously? The entitlement in this valley is at an all time high.

Posted by Treetopper
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm

To Danviller: I personally know everyone on the town council. Your accusation is far beyond being ridiculous. The town council folks aren't interested necessarily in what the residents of Danville think or want, but rather what is in the best interest of Danville. Many people in this town are transitory. They invest in a home, ride the rise in home value, claim the "not in my backyard" b/s, then cash out and move somewhere else. Got the picture? They want nothing that may interfere with the rise in home value. I'm not happy about the complex coming in; I'm really not. But, you have to say "yes" when you can no longer say "no". But as a side note, the Planning Commission approved the project, it was a done deal. Even though the town council would not approve, the developer would have won through the judicial system. I could go on and on about all the legal ramifications but it is a waste of my time and yours.
. .
To Born and Raised: I'm not quite sure of what side of the fence you are on. What is your position on this very sticky issue?

Posted by DanvilleLocal
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2017 at 10:01 pm

I attended the recent meeting as well as the previous one several months ago. It was an uphill battle to halt this high density two and three story project on Diable Rd within walking distance of our downtown. Traffic already is bad during certain times of the day and this will only make it worse. There were several issues that were not properly addressed such as safety of children near the creek that borders this development.
I want to thank Mayor Rene Morgan and council member Newell Arnerich for hearing the voices of the local citizens.
I used to live in the Town of Danville. Now I will be living in the City of Danville.
And this is supposed to be progress? Sad.

Posted by Danville-lifer
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 5:29 am

Who is this Lisa Blackwell anyways? I'm on vacation and couldn't be there, but yes, thank you Mayor Morgan and Mr Arnerich for having Danvilles back, and not looking at Danville as a Money sign! This is a crazy project to have approved.

Posted by Election
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

Do not thank Arnerich- he did not vote No on the project, he abstained meaning he did not vote, knowing it would go thru. That is not courage, that is a politician being a politician. Morgan, Blackwell, and Arnerich need to go. So does our so-called town attorney Ewing, who makes over $300,000 a year for supervising a staff of one. He basically sends all the legal work to outside counsel who bill the heck out of the town, and he only does work when he alleges the town needs to vote a certain way or they will get sued. Everyone gets sued, that is not the issue. Winning is the issue. This issue was worth fighting for, and the town could have won in court if sued by the developer, who by the way is also suing the neighbors who owned the property next to this development. The town has legal discretion to approve or disprove development, if the reason is worded correctly and is not arbitrary and capricious, and the local Contra Costa County Judges have a reputation of siding with cities and towns when sued by developers.

Get a new town attorney who is not a pawn for developers, and is not afraid to fight for the town in court him or herself, instead of sending everything to outside counsel.

Posted by Election
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

Storer needs to go as well, he voted for the project as usual.

Posted by DanvilleLocal
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

Not sure how a high density project near our downtown on one of our main feeds to the freeway is in the best interests or our community.
More housing is fine but the size of this high density project is a negative and the location is a bad choice. It would have been better to have smaller projects spread out in several locations. Sacrament is micromanaging our communities.
And note that almost all of these units will be at market prices, aka very high, and the affordable housing units are not targeted for locals or certain professions such as teachers.
The affordable housing units are just a legal loophole to be able to build more units and increase profits for the developer.

Posted by Danville Mom
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

The town council's hands were tied. The State of California requires a certain amount of high density and affordable housing within incorporated towns. This project has been fought for years and was bound to be passed. I'm not saying that I'm thrilled about the development but the town council is not the one to blame for this. Blame it on California hosuing requirements.

Posted by Rocky
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

We need more housing, this will be a great addition to downtown. The pedestrian bridge and walkable location- this is a great project. If yo're worried about traffic, get out of your car!

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:48 am

This was always going to happen because our town council, mayor and everyone else in politics for Danville have not changed. They just keep switching positions so that they are always in office. I personally would like to see new blood that has the interest of our quaint town in mind. If I wanted to live in Walnut Creek I would. We moved here for the small town that it WAS! Now it takes us 30 minutes to get from Blackhawk to downtown because there is too many people. Every open space in this town is being built until either housing or parking. Please stop!

Posted by Did I say that Outloud
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2017 at 12:32 pm

The word is LIMIT. There are limits to everything, the question is where do you want the limit to be set? The harping on and on of "we need housing" is pushing that limit to the point it changes the environment so that the very aesthetics that attracted people to that area have been swallowed up and no longer exist. It is a fact that at some point there will be no more room to build, then what happens to those who "grew up" in the area and feel some type of entitlement that they can live there? The reality is you cannot accommodate every person, there are limits. It's called growing up and moving on.... you don't get to live everywhere you want...or is it a matter of more buildings mean more money and that's all that matters?

Posted by Tom
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

I am not surprised by this. I agree that the state and fed are pushing for this but would have hoped our locals would have voted against this. I am not going to call any of them names or question their motives but I will vote against them next time around. As far as the comment about people will live here at work at Bishop Ranch that is not a likely outcome. Take a look at 680 to see what is happening and no the new lane will not fix that. Times are indeed changing for Danville but not for the better. This project in no way makes Danville a better place and no doubt some of this will be designated affordable housing and watch the crime that will come with that.

Posted by Danvilla
a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

That's simply too large. I am not against a smaller complex, but 150 units, there is nothing like that in danville or Alamo . It simply should not be allowed to happen. Time to start attending meetings. And voting for better representatives for our community. What a disappointment.

Posted by Who will run as new Council members
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

Vote ALL Council members out! Arnerich's abstention was the most cowardly of all! He did it so he could tell the $$$ interests he didn't vote against it and tell Danville residents he didn't vote for it. What a snake!

He obviously has fooled some people, as illustrated by the posts above.

Now, WHO IS GOING TO RUN FOR the 2 2018 COUNCIL SEATS up for election?? You need to start running by Winter 2018. That's when the existing Council members Storer and Stepper will be starting to raise money. It's going to be an uphill battle.Most people vote for incumbents.

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