Housing Element

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In accordance with state law, the Town of Danville - along with all California cities and counties - must update its Housing Element every eight years. As a policy document, the Housing Element identifies where and how Danville will accommodate the housing needs for people of all income groups. For the upcoming 2023-2031 planning period, the Town is expected to accommodate a minimum of 2,241 new homes, regardless of available land capacity.


How did this come to pass? The Housing Element Update is the final step of a three-step process, involving three levels of government (state, regional and local), and where the trajectory of the outcome is set by the top two levels. Learn more about why and how Danville received this housing target and the Town's efforts in the preceding steps.

Stay Informed, Participate

With your informed participation, we believe it is possible to balance the need to accommodate growth while preserving Danville's history and character. There are at least 4 ways to engage now:

  1. Learn more from the Housing Element Fact Sheet and Housing Element FAQs.
  2. Follow the project to receive Housing Element updates.
  3. Share your story, questions, comments and ideas using the tools below or by texting us at 833-484-3328.
  4. Sign up for an upcoming Housing 101 Workshop.

In accordance with state law, the Town of Danville - along with all California cities and counties - must update its Housing Element every eight years. As a policy document, the Housing Element identifies where and how Danville will accommodate the housing needs for people of all income groups. For the upcoming 2023-2031 planning period, the Town is expected to accommodate a minimum of 2,241 new homes, regardless of available land capacity.


How did this come to pass? The Housing Element Update is the final step of a three-step process, involving three levels of government (state, regional and local), and where the trajectory of the outcome is set by the top two levels. Learn more about why and how Danville received this housing target and the Town's efforts in the preceding steps.

Stay Informed, Participate

With your informed participation, we believe it is possible to balance the need to accommodate growth while preserving Danville's history and character. There are at least 4 ways to engage now:

  1. Learn more from the Housing Element Fact Sheet and Housing Element FAQs.
  2. Follow the project to receive Housing Element updates.
  3. Share your story, questions, comments and ideas using the tools below or by texting us at 833-484-3328.
  4. Sign up for an upcoming Housing 101 Workshop.

Housing Element Q&A

Please ask us any questions you have about the Housing Element update, the requirements, the process, or anything else here.

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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] What land is Danville considering?

    3 months ago

    At this stage in the process, we are focused on educating the public and seeking input on the types of sites to consider—individual sites have not yet been determined. 

    The requirements for the inventory of sites are so complicated and time consuming that the State has issued guidance on how to select sites.


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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] What agency manages the below market rate applicants, whether for sale or rent?

    3 months ago

    For developments that entered into an Affordable Housing Agreements with the Town, the developer, or management company hired by the developer handle the application process. The Town of Danville will conduct an intensive background review, including past tax returns and paystubs, to ensure potential occupants meet the income requirements.

    There are other programs like Section 8, that are managed at the county and state level.


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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] Have we considered reducing the green space sq footage for existing HOA’s …this would allow homeowners to buy some strips of land adjacent to their homes to build accessory dwelling units (ADU) that would be less dense?

    3 months ago

    This is the type of input we are looking for. Danville has a lot of open space, both privately and publicly owned. Majority of this land is designated under the General Plan for agriculture and would require a public vote to change the land designation. The Town is evaluating all possible options.

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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] Could a group of well-meaning residents invest in a development so that we could get credit for 134 units versus the Diablo Road project/developer who only allowed Danville to get 10 credits?

    3 months ago

    Yes, please! Any project that created units to rent or sell at qualifying levels, can count towards Danville’s numbers.

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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] Can Danville offer Town-owned land to non-profit developers so they can build affordable housing, provided that they can secure state and federal funding?

    3 months ago

    Yes, the Surplus Lands Act requires jurisdictions to make available any surplus property owned by the jurisdiction to first right of refusal to non-profits for housing developments.  

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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] How has Danville faired in previous RHNA Cycles with ABAG? What happens if Danville is unable to meet the allocation?

    3 months ago

    Prior to the 5th RHNA cycle, Danville was a community growing with adequate vacant land to meet the RHNA assignments. It wasn’t until the current cycle (2013-2022) that Danville needed to identify sites to rezone—these sites include the Alexan Riverwalk development, and 7-acres located on the Burel property by Costco. 

    The Housing Element requires the Town of Danville to plan for the allocated units, however it does not require the Town to develop the land. To comply and have a certified Housing Element, the Town must demonstrate we have enough available land for development or redevelopment to accommodate the assignment.


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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] As part of the States mandate, what concessions is the state, counties or cities going to offer to expedite zoning approvals? Will the State have any jurisdiction over other agencies to consider reducing impact fees, permits, school fees, traffic, utility fees etc. etc? Fees & impacts for one single family home is nearly $125k per new home. The continuing increase in fees etc. is not helping in the affordability.

    3 months ago

    One of the requirements of the Housing Element is looking at both government and non-governmental constraints including impact fees and cost to development, to determine whether there is disparate amount of fees compared to neighboring jurisdictions, as well as the cost per single family verse multi-family. 

    Legislation to streamline the review process has either already been put in place or will be put in place. Some of these include:

    • Limiting the number of public hearings to review a project
    • Creating an aggressive timeline a project must be reviewed by, or will be approved by default
    • Exempting specific project from completing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)


    When reviewing a new project, the Town wants to ensure new developments carry their fair share of costs because the impact fees go toward the infostructure improvements for that development. We want to make them as cheap as possible, but we also want to ensure new developments are not subsidized by existing taxpayers.  


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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] San Ramon is the same area as Danville but has about two-thirds more population. Can Danville plan for more small apartments and condos close to its downtown to meet the RHNA goal, like San Ramon?

    3 months ago

    Absolutely! This is something the Town will be looking at as the Housing Element is developed, and what lands we want to recommend for zoning and general plan changes. It makes sense to put higher density near the freeway. The core downtown is historic, but we will look at the surrounding area as potential sites.

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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] It seems like something went wrong with Alexan Riverwalk and the developer did an end-run around the town council. How can we ensure that does not happen again, i.e., if developer builds 100+ unit a fair share must be for low income?

    3 months ago

    While it appears this way, the Alexan Riverwalk did not do anything they weren’t allowed to do. Unfortunately, State Density Bonus Law only requires developers to deed restrict 10% of the base units proposed—which creates a continuous problem.

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    [Question submitted via Housing Element 101 Workshop] Has there been any discussion around rezoning Blackhawk Plaza? Could be a really great opportunity for a new mixed-use area.

    3 months ago

    Unfortunately, the Blackhawk Plaza is not within the Town incorporated boundaries. While redevelopment is a great idea, it would not go towards Danville’s RHNA assignment. Redevelopment of this land would be a decision made by Contra Costa County.The Town of Danville Boundary Map gives a birds of view of the limit lines.

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