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Preparations begin on Magee Ranch Report

Environmental study the first phase of the development request process

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.

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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.

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Preparations begin on Magee Ranch Report

Environmental study the first phase of the development request process

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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.

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Kevin
Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 8:49 am
Kevin, Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 8:49 am
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Diablo Road cannot handle any more cars. There is nothing that can be done to "mitigate" the traffic situation - traffic lights, speed bumps, stop signs will only make it worse. The Town should do what they can to stop this project without spending money on studies and reports.

Driving during commute or school hours between Blackhawk and Green Valley, Los Cerros, or Monte Vista schools is stop and go, inching forward for miles. How can anything be approved that would add 700 car trips to this?


Anne
Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 9:07 am
Anne, Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 9:07 am
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I agree 100% with the comment above. Adding 700 more cars to the already existing congestion is beyond my comprehension. There isn't a way to mitigate traffic-end of story. Lets talk about the damage to the existing scenic area too, plus displacing the cows, the deer, wild turkeys (okay, a lot of probably could do without the turkeys) and coyotes. This huge expensive project doesn't make any sense in this economic climate too. This project is not good for Danville and should be loudly opposed.


David McGrath
Green Valley Elementary School
on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:56 am
David McGrath, Green Valley Elementary School
on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:56 am
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I couldn't agree more with the two comments above. A development of 85 homes in this area would be the wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Joe
Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 11:51 am
Joe, Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 11:51 am
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More than meets the eye!!!

The effect of the 85 homes may be exacerbated by the provision of at least 25% to include casitas. The casitas are an oblique address to low income housing requirements. The casitas can be rented to separate families as long as family qualifes based on income.


Fed up with Traffic
Diablo
on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Fed up with Traffic, Diablo
on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm
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The number of roundtrips per day that Summerhill would generate is far more than 700. Single family homes generate between 9 and 12 car trips per day, with the majority of those being outgoing trips in the morning. (The larger the home, the more trips typically generated. The less urban area, the more more trips generated. Attached separate living units increase it even more.)

Thus, 85 homes with 21 to 60 additional "casitas" stand to generate between 765 and 1,020 DAILY CAR TRIPS (!!!) on Diablo/Blackhawk/McCauley/GreenValley.

(Sources: Institute for Traffic Engineers Trip Generation Manual, 8th Edition (Web Link); San Diego Municipal Code, Land Development Code, Trip Generation Manual (p. 6) (Web Link); City of Chula Vista Trip Generation Table, May 2010 (p. 2) (Web Link)

Also, Summerhill will generate incredible amounts of runoff water that will flow into the East Branch of Green Valley Creek. The plans show a holding pond, but it is impossible to catch all the water that will come off those tiny lots with nearly 100% impermeable surface coverage. I see Danville is offering free sandbags today. Better stock up in anticipation of flooding!!


American
Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm
American, Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm
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I would love to hear from our elected town council members on my suggestion that they promptly pass an ordinance that would require all developers of any potential new residential properties to pay for a town wide election on the issue, and let the voters, instead of a few planning commission individuals, decide if their development will be allowed. Due to all the traffic, noise, pollution, etc issues caused by these new developments, it would seem appropriate to allow the residents of Danville to make the call on this issue.


Ralph N. Shirlet
another community
on Nov 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Ralph N. Shirlet, another community
on Nov 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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Dear Dolores,

After reviewing the locations and plans on www.ci.danville.ca.us, I am concerned that there is no provision for the construction and operation of a Wal-Mart.

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet
halbailey@yahoo.com


John
Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm
John, Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm
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Between the "already congested narrow road" packed by cars and bikers, we definitely cannot handle any more traffic. Nothing will work to "mitigate" this already existing issue. Not to mention, air quality, etc. This is even supposed to be a "scenic view of Mount Diablo." I think all the communities need to vote and go with the majority. Or else, the only way to go through Diablo road will be by helicopters..meaning this development will really need to be reconsidered and voted "No".


Kevin
Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm
Kevin, Danville
on Nov 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm
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Maybe the Town could require that each purchaser of one of the new homes have a heliport on the roof of their casita and then not build any access road that connects to Diablo Road. Or can they build a road the other direction emptying onto Camino Tass?

I know these are ridiculous ideas, but so is spending months of planning reports, and studies (hopefully not using the Town's tax dollars) only to find that Diablo road can't handle the additional traffic.


Enough is Enough
Diablo
on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm
Enough is Enough, Diablo
on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm
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Will Summerhill bear the liability for any accidents or flooding resulting from their improvident land grab?


Anne
Danville
on Nov 20, 2010 at 10:04 am
Anne, Danville
on Nov 20, 2010 at 10:04 am
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I like the idea of a previous poster to let the residents of Danville vote on this project. It affects all of us collectively, and we should have a say in all this rather than letting the town council have all the power. I vote NO!


Ralph N. Shirlet
another community
on Nov 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Ralph N. Shirlet, another community
on Nov 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm
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Dear Dolores,

As our We-Want-A-Wal-Mart committee reviewed the many very rational thoughts on a project that creates traffic congestion resulting in efforts to convert Diablo Road in the same manner as Stone Valley Road, we established some conclusions that would resolve the issues mentioned.

First, the development could be built as shown with one exception. There should be no entrance or exit that would allow access to local roads. Our concept is a commute bus to take the residents to and from the development to public transportation or a parking garage somewhere in Dublin. Possibly the residents could use Segways or Golf Carts along trails in the absence of streets.

Second, we feel that the homes should be built underground to avoid any disturbance to the view.

Third, and most important, we believe an upscale Wal-Mart, as Walton's at the Ranch could serve as a transportation hub, community center and a non-denominational chapel. Sitting high on the peak of the development it would light the skyline with its presence.

Any other solution will only achieve what has been described by commentators in this exchange.

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet
halbailey@yahoo.com


Michelle
Danville
on Nov 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm
Michelle, Danville
on Nov 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm
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The rapidly growing petition against this project (the one mentioned in this article), can be found at Web Link

An informational website (created by residents opposed to the project) has also been created: www.save-our-creek.com


Michelle
Danville
on Dec 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Michelle, Danville
on Dec 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm
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The Town of Danville issued a press release at 5:00 pm on Monday, December 13 as an alert to inform residents that it will hold a public meeting on December 15 to discuss updates to the Town of Danville's General Plan. Not sure why residents are only being given 2 days notice...but, if you are concerned about the SummerHill Homes Magee Ranch project please try to make this meeting. Web Link


Geoff Gillette
Registered user
Danville
on Dec 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Geoff Gillette, Danville
Registered user
on Dec 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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Good afternoon!

While we certainly encourage our residents to come out to tonight’s Joint Session of the Town Council and Planning Commission, I just want to clarify that this is a meeting to talk about the process of updating the Town’s General Plan. There won’t be any direct discussion of the Magee Ranch property as that is not part of the scope of this evening’s meeting.

It will be strictly informational, with no public hearing, no decisions made or actions taken.

To get a more in-depth look at what is on tonight’s agenda, there is a short article posted on the Town’s website at Web Link.

If you are interested in the long range future of the Town and how the General Plan will be adjusted to take us to that future, then this is the meeting for you!

For further clarification, this is a special meeting of the two bodies which was announced two weeks ago and has been on the Town’s calendar. Additionally, the agenda was sent out to those who subscribe to the Town’s E-News alert service on December 10, 2010. The press release Monday was to remind the press and the E-News subscribers that the meeting was taking place this week.

For those interested in E-News, go to the Town’s website www.danville.ca.gov and at the bottom click on E-News.

Hope this helps. Have a great night!

Geoff


Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville
(925) 314-3336
ggillette@danville.ca.gov.


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