• Heritage Resources

  • Danville has a rich heritage that reflects the Town's role in the development of the San Ramon Valley. This heritage is reflected in individual structures and sites as well as historic development patterns, particularly in the Downtown area. In recognition of this historic heritage, the Town's General Plan establishes a goal of preserving historic and cultural resources by:

    1. Ensuring that the rehabilitation and restoration of historic buildings respects the historic character and setting of the buildings.
    2. Ensuring that new construction within the Downtown area is compatible with nearby historic buildings and is consistent with the historic development patterns of the Downtown.
    3. Ensuring that owners of historic buildings and sites are aware of and provided with appropriate financial and use incentives to ensure the continued economic viability and usefulness of those buildings.
    4. Promoting public awareness and enjoyment of historic resources within Danville.

    Historic preservation will help ensure the economic vitality of the Downtown area, help preserve property values throughout Town and enrich the cultural and educational lives of the Town's residents.  Consistent with this goal, the Town has established a Survey of Historically Significant Resources in the community.  The list includes a subset of these surveyed resources that have been adopted as Designated Heritage Resources. This is a process that involves the consent of the property owner and results in the protection of the heritage resource from demolition or exterior alteration.


  • Heritage Resource Commission

    The Heritage Resource Commission is a seven-member board appointed by the Town Council. The purpose of the Commission is to recognize, protect, and promote the retention and use of Town Heritage Resources. They are also responsible for developing preservation incentives for property owners.  

    The Commission considers each project application for historic design review on a case-by-case basis, to determine if an adequate number of the relevant guidelines have been met. The guidelines provide a basis for making informed and consistent policy decisions about design and historic preservation. However, there is no set number of guidelines that must be met to gain approval. In making a determination, the Commission's overall concerns are that the proposed work complies with the criteria in Historic Preservation Ordinance and Design Guidelines for Heritage Resources. Depending on the level of significance of the alteration, the project may also be submitted to the Planning Commission or the Town Council as appropriate.