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Perspective - April 27, 2007

Decisions, decisions

Being a member of the Town Council is not always easy, especially when it means coming to a decision that will make some residents unhappy. We want to commend the council for unanimously deciding to develop the 15-acre Weber property, despite the vocal objections by neighbors. In this case, the development is consistent with the Danville General Plan, which is succeeding in shaping a well-planned city, and the town's environmental studies showed no negative impact.

The neighbors pointed to environmental problems and flood concerns but also said they didn't want to lose their open space. Over the last 25 years, ranchlands have disappeared, changing the landscape for all of us. But this is a suburban area, not rural, no matter how much we might like both the convenience of urban amenities and the beauty of open space. Unfortunately, when we buy a home next to farmland, we know it will probably be developed at some point. Fortunately, we have dedicated open space very close to us including much of Mount Diablo.

The organization of the neighbors was impressive as they banded together to fight the development. Such dedication is needed for other community causes, such as the Danville Aquatic Center being planned at San Ramon Valley High School, not to mention Save Mount Diablo. Town events also need volunteers, such as the International Children's Film Festival coming up in May and the Primo's Run for Education. Help is always needed at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and the Thursday evening Farmers Market that starts May 10. Currently the Contra Costa Clean Water Program is looking for volunteers to help with a creek sampling project in Danville.

Many council and commission members get their start when they begin to follow changes in their own neighborhoods. There are plenty of other ways for these residents to fight for the betterment of their community. Then everyone will be a winner.

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