Why does the property need to be rezoned?

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.

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1. What is The Magee Preserve Project?
2. Is it a development on an Open Space Preserve?
3. Where is it located?
4. What are the existing General Plan and Zoning designations for the Magee property?
5. How does the General Plan or Zoning District allow 69 lots on Agricultural land?
6. Why can't the property be preserved in its current farmland state?
7. What is Measure S?
8. Is the project subject to Measure S and therefore a public vote?
9. Why does the property need to be rezoned?
10. How much traffic would the project generate?
11. Were impacts to cyclists considered?
12. Would the project cause downstream flooding and erosion?
13. Would the development impair the ability for police and fire to respond?
14. Has this project been proposed before?
15. Was there a lawsuit filed against the original project?
16. What was the outcome of the lawsuit on the SummerHill development proposal?
17. What will happen if Measure Y passes, or if it fails?
18. What public trails would be associated with the development?
19. Who will maintain the trails?
20. Will Diablo Road be improved?
21. How will the open space be assured to be permanent?
22. Will the project have a negative impact on fire safety?
23. Are there State laws that require development of open space?
24. How many vehicles trips would the development add to the roadway network?