Traffic concerns and the impact on schools dominated an informational meeting held Wednesday by a developer looking to put as many as 85 homes on the remainder of the Magee Ranch property.
Summerhill Homes is planning to build on 410 acres south of Diablo and Blackhawk roads, east of McCauley Road and the original Magee Ranch subdivision. Summerhill Land Acquisition Manager Wendi Baker said Wednesday's meeting was the last of four planning informational meetings to get input from local residents and explain the plans, and about 40 people showed up to ask questions.
Baker said the current plan is to build 64 homes on the eastern side of the property first; 60 would be on lots of a minimum of 10,000 square feet. The remaining four lots would be larger, for custom homes. A second potential phase on the western side of the property could add an additional 21 homes off Diablo and McCauley roads, and the remainder of the land would be designated permanent open space.
Residents at the meeting were leery about the possibility of added traffic along the already-busy and winding Diablo Road, especially during peak drive times in the morning when adults leave for work and kids are headed to school.
"We are talking about something that could generate 700 to 1,000 car trips," said nearby resident Todd Gary.
Other residents noted that predictions for prior subdivisions underestimated the traffic and school impact, with some homes housing several generations of people. That could be further complicated by the possibility of casitas -- separate studio-type apartments -- that are optional for some of the home plans.
Baker said Summerhill is conducting a traffic study that could offer plans to help mitigate traffic problems, and promised to provide that information to neighbors when it's available.
"How many children are you expecting to move into this area and what school district would serve them?" asked Michelle Erickson.
Baker said her company is working with demographers to determine the number of students. She said she'd already spoken to school officials who said those students would attend Green Valley Elementary.
That didn't sit well with some of those at the meeting.
Erickson, for example, said her neighborhood had seen turnover, as families with older children move out and others with younger children move in. At times, she said, students of different ages are being sent to two different elementary schools, complicating the lives of parents who have to cross the area to pick them up -- and adding to the traffic problem at the same time.
Resident Christopher Cross was worried about water pressure. He noted that there are already problems with pressure where he lives, not far from the proposed new homes.
Baker said that question, like the others about utilities, would be addressed by professionals. A draft Environmental Impact Report is set to be completed by the spring, and many of the answers to residents' questions would be included.
The project would require rezoning of the property and have to be approved by both the Danville Zoning Board and Town Council.
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