Alameda County wants to modify its policy regarding South Livermore Valley Area Plan (SLVAP) bed and breakfast construction. The goal is to encourage the development of more B&B’s.

The County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. April 1 at 224 W. Winton Ave., Hayward. It will be the only hearing on the agenda.

If the Planning Commission agrees to modify the policy, the panel would send it on to the Board of Supervisors, whose Transportation and Planning subcommittee would hold a hearing.

The policy is 25 years old. Things have changed in the intervening years, said Senior Planner Bruce Jensen.

The only B&B constructed during that time was the Purple Orchid Inn. No new applications have come in. There was a recent inquiry, said Jensen.

People have been asking for more B&Bs in South Livermore. Comments from representatives of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce have been supportive, said Jensen.

The proposed rules would allow new construction of a B&B; current rules allow only adoption of an existing house, said Jensen. The maximum number of rooms allowed would be 14 in a new building, the same as for an existing structure.

A restaurant of up to 1000 square feet could also be allowed, on the condition that the applicant provides the proper water and waste-water treatment service. The whole building envelope could occupy 2 acres, with the remaining 18 acres in a planted crop, the same as required for wine ranchettes in the SLVAP.