Danville town officials have mailed out a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the environmental report that will be done for the Magee Ranch Project being proposed by SummerHill Homes.
Town of Danville Head Planner David Crompton said the purpose of the notice is to provide agencies and interested parties with information that describes the proposed project and its potential environmental effect so they can respond and give information that will be included in the report.
The NOP document can be found on the Magee Ranch Project Page on the town's website, where residents also can provide feedback. The town will be taking comments on the project for the next 30 days.
Neighbors have begun a petition opposing the SummerHill Homes proposed development of 64 homes on the eastern side of the property, 410 acres south of Diablo and Blackhawk roads. Four of the lots would be larger, for custom homes, and 60 would be on lots of a minimum of 10,000 square feet.
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.
Those who live nearby said the project could add 700 trips into and out of the development a day and would congest traffic on what they said is an already overcrowded road and also impact Green Valley Elementary School on Diablo Road.
SummerHill Homes Land Acquisition Manager Wendi Baker said the company is already conducting a traffic study to see how to mitigate traffic and is working with demographers to see how many students would move into the proposed development.
The project would require rezoning of the property and would have to be approved by both the Danville Zoning Board and Town Council.