While the property owner could propose to subdivide the property with all homes spread across the entire 410 acres, it would be inconsistent with the Town’s General Plan. The Danville General Plan contains several “Special Concern Areas,” which are properties that warrant additional and specific direction related to its potential development. The Magee Ranch property is one of these Special Concern Areas and the General Plan’s direction for it states that:
“[P]roposals which transfer the allowable number of homes to the least sensitive and obtrusive parts of the site are encouraged.”
“[S]ubdivision of this Special Concern Area into five-acre ‘ranchette’ sites similar to those in the Tassajara Lane/Sherburne Hills area is strongly discouraged. Such development would require grading and road construction that could substantially diminish the visual qualities of the area. Transferring allowable densities to a limited number of areas within the ranch would enable the bulk of the site to be set aside as permanent open space.”
The only way to meet these planning objectives is to rezone the property to allow for the transfer of potential development of the 410-acre site to just 29 acres, preserving the remaining 381 acres as permanent open space.