Elworthy Ranch development granted an extension

Housing plan would have until 2018 to build on 459-acre land

The Town of Danville's Planning Commission recently approved a development agreement to extend the timeline for Elworthy Ranch, the site for a proposed residential housing development which is located south of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road. The Town Council would review and possibly approve the extension at the May 4 meeting.

The slow housing market is the reason behind the extension, according to reports, and the change would allow the previously-approved project three more years (2015 to 2018) to build. Previously, the plans would have been good through 2015.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said the project had been "hailed as a positive solution to the development of the site, which had been owned by the same family for many years."

In addition, he said more than 95 percent of the 459-acre site was set aside for either permanent or private open space due to geotechnical concerns and the high visibility of the site. Plans for the development include 84 single-family homes and 12 multiple-family apartment units on 12 acres.

"Development in Danville has been tapering off over the past 3 to 5 years," Calabrigo said, "as the Town is close to the build out population called for in our General Plan."

The General Plan Update process is set to begin with a joint study session of the Town Council and Planning Commission following the regular council meeting April 20.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

It's good the place didn't have Redwood trees down close to the road or in sight of the road or THE TOWN COUNCIL would have demanded they hurry up and build so that they could HELP CUT THEM DOWN because it might have hurt the development process. Maybe the owners should buy the ones at Costco in big containers. Place them around the property and that could help the permit process along. That last thing we want is nice open space near the entrance to our town. That would be so old school.

Posted by John Tanner, a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

Redwoods were always innapropriate trees to have in downtown Danville. But then why would anyone around here care, with their water thirsty landscaping that sucks up the water from our Sierra snow fed reservoirs.

Everybody seemed to support building a steel cage around "Danville's" oak tree on Diablo Road, because it was an imminent threat to falling over and killing someone. Funny it has been many years and the tree still stands. But arborists would say the same about the redwoods... shallow root systems that require constant watering and in a location that does not allow the root system to expand due to surrounding foundations, sidewalks and streets, so in the scope of the redwood trees, they are prone to failure in big storms, meaning falling over and destroying all buildings and killing people in its fall zone.

Posted by Bob K, a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

People still ranting about those

Posted by Rose, a resident of Danville
on Apr 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

It is really amazing that the whole town hasn't just caved in with redwood trees falling down killing people!! What a pile of you know what!! The only inappropriate thing, is the bleak mess in the middle of town after the chainsaw massacre!!

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