Over 100 residents filled the Danville Town Meeting Hall Nov. 30 for a special meeting of the Town Planning Commission to identify potential impacts in the project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Summerhill Homes/Hap Magee Ranch development proposal.
The proposal seeks to develop 85 homes on the 410 acre Jed Magee Ranch Property. As part of the initial investigation into the proposal, the Town held a Scoping Session Tuesday to solicit the opinions of residents regarding environmental effects the project could have on the region.
Danville Principal Planner David Crompton gave an overview of what is being sought by the developer and the role of the Scoping Session in regards to the approval process.
Afterward, over a dozen residents addressed the Commission, offering their thoughts on potential environmental impacts including traffic congestion and vehicle/bicycle/pedestrian safety, drainage and water pressure issues and pollution and destruction of habitat.
"I thought it was a good meeting, that the people who came were able to be heard," Crompton said. "That's what we wanted to accomplish, giving our residents the chance to be a part of the process."
Crompton said that the concerns raised will be factored into the EIR being drafted by Denise Duffy and Associates, the Town's EIR consultant. A draft of the EIR is expected to be completed in 6--9 months.
For those who were unable to attend but still wish to comment, the Magee Ranch Project page on the Town of Danville website has a comments section. All comments must be received by the end of the day Dec. 16, 2010. Feedback received via the web page will be added to those made at the Scoping Session, and addressed by the consultant in the EIR.
"While our consultant is drafting the EIR, we'll be examining other aspects of the project, so we'll be ready when the report is completed," Crompton said.
For more information, contact Principal Planner David Crompton at (925) 314-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.