A number of articles have recently been published in the Danville Express regarding SummerHill Homes’s Magee Ranches Development Proposal to build 78 residences on the south side of Diablo Road, east of McCauley Road.
The most recent article, written about a Traffix bus delay on October 3, grew from the reporting of a delay (caused by a last-minute bus driver change and traffic on I-680 from the bus yard) to a forum about traffic on Diablo Road and how much existing conditions would be impacted by the proposed neighborhood by SummerHill Homes.
As the discussion continues, let us remember that an Environmental Impact Report is being drafted, and its findings—about traffic, land use, the East Branch of Green Valley Creek, and the natural habitat—will be available to the public some time in the Winter of 2011.
In the meantime, please keep in mind these facts about the proposed community:
FACT: The application for development by SummerHill Homes is NOT for the right to build; that was decided in the General Plan, which allows for 78 large home sites scattered over the entire 410-acre property—and SummerHill is NOT trying to build more homes than the General Plan allows. The Development Proposal is to build these 78 home sites on a smaller portion of the property rather than on the entire 410 acres.
In addition, SummerHill has chosen to work with a local land planning and architecture firm, Dahlin Group, to plan the home sites for the flattest portions of the property, and dedicate as permanent open space 290 acres of hillside, instead of building on it.
FACT: The Town of Danville has an Affordable Housing Ordinance, which is in compliance with regional and state planning. This requires that new residential construction provide a fair share of dwelling units that could be considered “affordable” should they be rented. This is the “casitas” concept, in which 25%, or 20, of the homes are required to have a 500 sq ft +/- attached unit—for the owner to enjoy or rent. It should be noted that any residential lot in Danville which meets certain development guidelines, including the majority of homes in the immediate region, can acquire a building permit for a casita.
Traffic is an existing problem. It is SummerHill’s goal to become a part of the solution, and create opportunities to alleviate some of the traffic problems for the existing residents who currently travel this corridor.
As the Project Manager for the Magee Ranches Development Proposal, I encourage anyone with questions or comments to please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 925-244-7534. The Development Proposal is explained at the project website, at www.mageeranches.com.