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Letter: Preserve Danville's beauty by limiting housing development

Original post made on Aug 18, 2010

"I'd like to bring up an issue that, I am sure, crosses the minds of planners when housing developments are going up. My concern is two-fold. Yes, I want to protect the environment, but if that is the only goal in mind, we have state parks and reserves for that purpose. The goal that I am most concerned about is the aesthetic appeal of the area."

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Posted by George
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 18, 2010 at 6:57 am

Danville's "aesthtic appeal" was even better before your house was built. So... you've got yours and now building should stop? I, too, have lived here all my life, and the character of the area has obviously evolved into something less rural. That's life. When I retire in a very short time, I'll likely move on to an area which more suits my tastes... an area that is more like Danville used to be when I was first attracted to it many years ago.

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Posted by KM
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

Actually I think Danville has done a pretty good job controlling developers and limiting housing on hillsides and being very careful about what gets approved and what doesn't. For comparison, take a look at San Ramon - where it seems developers can do whatever they want - bulldoze down the hills and build houses 2 feet apart in every inch of land, eyesores on hill tops, and with no care for how many cars they are adding to their over-packed streets. When you leave San Ramon and enter Danville you can feel the difference right away - its like leaving Los Angeles and suddenly you are in a nice country town. Thanks to those who serve and have served on Danville's council and planning commissions for doing such a good job.

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Posted by David Barlow
a resident of John Baldwin Elementary School
on Aug 18, 2010 at 9:43 am


We have lived in Danville for 34 years and your home like my home is where open space used to be. Basically your point is to restrict more housing (now that you have yours) so that your property value will go up. Well my friend it is that kind of thinking that has lead to some of the highest housing costs in the world and is now in this economic downturn causing the business community to leave California. It is time we let the free market work. If you want open space go to Winnemuca, Nevada where you can see forever. leneee we

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Posted by Geoff
a resident of Sycamore Valley Elementary School
on Aug 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I am with you 100%. I grew up here, as well, and chose to move back after living in various other cities in CA and abroad. It is a shame that the first comment is telling you that "that's life", as though the community and it's residence are SOL on what the local planners determine, while in the same breath he admits that he will be moving to find an environment that we HAD right here, but no longer exists. Sad! As for KB, it is irrelevant what the planning in San Ramon, or Concord for that matter, chooses to do. The dense developments (yes, there are ZERO-lot-line developments and massive PUDs in Danville)have sucked the potential values away from long term residents (granted all have seen appreciation since they have lived here, but it has been stifled do to lower building requirements/standards in return for developer profits).
And finally, to address Mr. Barlow's comment, it is not Travis' mentality that drove the high cost of living in this area, it is the demand for high end housing from a clientele that demands better and the outstanding work of the families and teachers who created fantastic schools. It was loose credit markets that drove them over the top. But lets look to Atherton, across the Bay (same lending, same statewide appreciation). Look at the reduction in housing price averages there compared to here. Yes, it's much more affordable here... because the exclusivity is not the same due to the development practices that Travis has pointed out as a concern. If you want lower housing costs, Concord and Bay Point might be peaking your interest... but if so, move there, please. Do not take the stance that further high density housing development in this area creates ANY solution, except to create a greater base of lower common denominators.
More housing... sure, there is land for it. But we still have an opportunity to develop with the lay of the land and creating larger parcel minimums, so if it is done, it still holds a flavor of area that made it so desirable in the first place.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Here we go...."New Farm" advocates coming out of the woodwork....I hope Abram (Let's Pave'Em) Wilson and Tom Koch will not prevail again...these boys and Herb Moniz have ruined our beautiful Valley...when you drive along 680 and look to the West think of Pave'em Abram....when you drive east along Bollinger think of Pave'em Abram....
Tom made his fortune off of Dougherty Valley, moved to Rhode Island in hopes of buying a congressional seat, promptly got his butt kicked, and now is back lobbying his unseemly influence amongst his old San Ramon cronies on behalf of the middle eastern owners of vast tracts of the east bay.
The San Ramon runaway city salaries, declining property values, controversial City Center back room deals and overall lack of San Ramon citizen involvement has let a select few run things while the busy population has doubled.
San Ramon residents will hopefully not be docile any longer as more and more media sources have pointed out the great covert rip off..

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