MARTINEZ -- Rather than deny a residential project proposed for a site near the Nob Hill shopping center, city leaders on Wednesday asked the developer to redesign the site plan.
Discovery Homes wants to build 80 three-story townhomes and two single-family houses on a nearly-7-acre lot on Muir Station Road. Nearby homeowners who oppose the project say it will add too much traffic to Muir Station Road, where motorists often speed and pedestrians walk on the roadway because there isn't a sidewalk. Residents of Donaleen Court say the project would compromise their privacy because the townhomes would be built on a plateau overlooking their backyards.
The Planning Commission denied the project, but the developer appealed the decision to the City Council. Citing the need for new housing in Martinez, council members asked Discovery Homes to address a list of issues including the height and placement of the buildings, pedestrian access to the site, privacy and landscaping. The project will be back before the council in April.
Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.