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Our Views: Keep San Ramon's growth boundary

Original post made on Oct 26, 2010

Voters both in San Ramon and in Contra Costa County have been consistent in voting for urban limit lines and growth boundaries. Now San Ramon voters should stick to their guns and say No to Measure W, which seeks to extend San Ramon's boundary to include Tassajara Valley.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 25, 2010, 3:53 PM

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Posted by Sandy in Danville
a resident of Danville
on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

Thanks for bringing this issue to voters atttention. While not a ballot measure, there are also efforts by a developer to alter the Danville General Plan by rezoning the remainder of the Magee Ranch. Under the guise of improving on the existing Plan and converting additional land to open space, the developer, Summerhill Homes, is trying to win approval for nearly 100 homes along Diablo Road. The Town of Danville is pursuing an Environmental Impact Report but the process has been conducted quietly. More attention to the issue from Danville Express would be helpful.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Oct 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

It boils down to this:

The County's pension fund is going to have zero dollars in a few years - see the story in today's SRV Times. They are looking at all sources of revenue and are not to be trusted when it comes to new developments.

Do you really want the rapacious county in charge of this area? Or do you want a proven and fiscally responsible, responsive and local San Ramon city government to shepherd this area?

Do not let the county have control!

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Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Dear Emily,

Your editorial explains being caught between a rock and hard place in who all Iron Horse corridor neighborhoods would want in-charge of growth that will somehow be managed to occur in Tassajara Valley. San Ramon is a sprawling city of tract development that more specifically fits southern California. The county is responsible for Dougherty Valley that is more like the song, "Little Boxes" of early 1960's.

One very specific issue for your readers' consideration, "Do voters really have any ability to control the results?" I would suggest that readers comment on how they feel they can impact CCC-BOS or San Ramon City Council decisions once the board and council members are elected.

Certainly, Tassajara Valley is an impact on the entire corridor as traffic, water demand and infrastructure. HOW does impacted corridor voters have voice in sprawl that is politically defined as growth?

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Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

The citizens of San Ramon designed their General Plan and voted for it. Measure W is the state mandated 10 year update. In San Ramon an amendment to their general plan can fail if two planning commissioners vote against it even if 5 councilmembers want it.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Sandy, the Magee Ranch Homeowners Association has invited a Summerhill rep to present to our board at our meeting 11/1 at 7:00 PM at the Blackhawk Tennis Villas. Anyone interested please attend.

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Posted by geoff gillette
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

geoff gillette is a registered user.

Good afternoon, I noticed the comment from Sandy and just wanted to give some information regarding the SummerHill project and the steps it will need to go through. Here's information from Town Principal Planner David Crompton:

On October 8, the Town received a formal development application from Summerhill Homes to rezone and develop 85 single family homes the 410 acre Magee Ranch property located on the south side of Diablo and Blackhawk Roads, east of the McCauley/Green Valley intersection. The application is permitted under the Town’s existing General Plan designation for the site.

Representatives from Summerhill Homes have been meeting with neighborhood groups for the last month to disseminate information about what they are proposing.

With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to run through how this application would be handled by the Town.

This application is subject to both environmental and development review.

Environmental review is necessary in order to identify any potential environmental impacts that the project could generate. The Summerhill application will require preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Before work on the EIR can begin, it will be necessary to prepare a work scope that identifies all areas that will need to be evaluated. The Town will be seeking community input in preparing this work scope. A “Notice of Preparation” for the EIR that describes how interested residents can participate in that process will be mailed to all surrounding property owners in the middle of November. The environmental review process in and of itself does not result in either approval of denial of an application, but provides information necessary to assist the Planning Commission and/or the Town Council in making that decision.

In addition to the environmental review, the development review process will begin with the Town mailing out a “Request for Comments” on the proposal itself. This notice will go to surrounding property owners, interested parties and agencies, and will solicit comments on the project plans. Anyone may visit the Town offices to review the plans. The plans may also be viewed and comments submitted electronically via the Town’s website

The draft EIR is expected to take 6-9 months to complete. Once complete, it will be available for public review and comment during a 45 day public review period. At that time, the public hearing process on the application would begin.

The public hearing process will include consideration of the draft EIR and the development application by the Planning Commission. Because the development application involves a rezoning, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Town Council who will then hold one or more public hearings and make a final decision on the project.

In order to make as much information available as possible, a Magee Ranch project page is being developed on the Town’s web site We intend to have the page finished and provide the address to the public as part of the Notice of Preparation mailing in the next few weeks.

The Town is working to provide information like this to residents in as many ways as possible. In addition to the mailings to those in the project boundaries, information is placed on the website, a project page is being created which will contain status updates and residents are able to sign up on the site for e-News notifications on a wide variety of topics, including Commission and Council meetings.

Questions regarding the approval process or the SummerHill Project can be directed to Principal Planner David Crompton at or general questions can be sent to me at

Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville.

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