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Danville council poised to confirm Magee Preserve election for March 3 ballot

Plus: Council to hear updates on County Connection, local farmers market

The Danville Town Council is set to consider officially selecting March 3 as the election date for Danville voters to make the final decision on the proposed Magee Preserve development project -- an issue council members will discuss during their regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

If approved, the issue would be placed on the statewide primary election ballot and ask residents to either cast a “yes” vote affirming the council approved project or vote “no” in support of a resident-submitted referendum petition opposing the council’s decision.

Approved by the Town Council during its regular meeting on July 2, the Magee Preserve is proposed by Walnut Creek-based developer Davidon Homes to consist of building 69 single-family homes on the south side of Diablo Road and Blackhawk Road.

Located on a 410-acre project site the Magee Preserve would develop approximately 29 acres -- or 7% -- of a 410-acre project site for housing, with the remaining 381 acres preserved as open space on a permanent basis.

That preserved open space would be made available to the public -- for the first time, as the land is currently privately owned -- with a series of hiking and bike trails located throughout the property.

The council’s hand was forced in sending the issue to voters, after a resident-submitted referendum petition received the adequate number of votes to be placed on the ballot.

Petitioners have said they oppose the project due to concerns about increased traffic resulting from the project, increased danger to cyclists along Diablo Road, as well as their opposition to the development of any open space in the area.

According to a town staff report, the ballot question would ask the following: “Shall Town Council Ordinance No. 2019- 06 approving the Magee Preserve project, which creates 69 single family lots on approximately 29 acres of the 410 acre site, preserves the remaining 381 acres as permanent open space and dedicates hiking and biking trails for public use on the site, be adopted?”

According to town staff, based on Danville’s current registered voter population of 30,066, the election is projected to cost approximately $60,132 to $90,198 -- election costs are estimated to range between $2 and $3 per registered voter.

The Danville Town Council is set to hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St., Danville.

In other business

* During Tuesday’s meeting, residents will also hear an update on County Connection by assistant general manager Bill Churchill and general manager Rick Ramacier, who will specifically discuss the status and future of bus transportation in Contra Costa County.

* Next up, council members and town staff will listen to the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association annual report courtesy market manager Elisabeth Garon and regional manager Shawn Lipetzky.

* The council will close out its meeting with a series of town staff and liaison reports that will cover updates from the town’s Planning Commission, the Tri-Valley/San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority and news from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

* During a special meeting held prior to the start of the council’s regular one, council members will meet to interview candidates for the Danville Arts Advisory Board. That meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. and also be held in the Town Meeting Hall.

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