Danville council to weigh final Magee Preserve vote, discuss townhouses by I-680

Also: Traffic safety projects, quarterly investment report, town appointments

New housing will be the main theme of the Danville Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

Council members are set to confirm their final vote on the long-disputed Magee Preserve residential project in eastern Danville, and then later will debate a new townhouse neighborhood proposed for West El Pintado Road near the freeway.

The Magee Preserve project, with developer Davidon Homes at the helm, would build 69 single-family homes on Magee Ranch property on the south side of Diablo Road and Blackhawk Road while dedicating 381 acres of open space with hiking and biking trails for the public to explore.

The council gave initial support to the project with a unanimous vote on July 2, setting the stage for a second reading and final adoption on Tuesday night.

The project has been debated by the town government for several years.

A similar Magee Preserve project -- proposed at the time by developer SummerHill Homes -- had been approved by the council in 2013. However, in a lawsuit filed by Save Open Space (SOS) Danville ensued and advanced all the way to the First Court of Appeals, which determined that the bicycle safety impacts of the project had not been thoroughly considered. The project laid dormant, with SummerHill Homes dropping out, until Davidon took the reins.

At the council meeting two weeks ago, members of SOS Danville maintained that the Davidon project, although revised, did not meet all of the court requirements and continued to oppose the project.

The Magee Preserve vote is listed on the council’s consent calendar, meaning it would not be discussed unless a request to pull the item for separate consideration on Tuesday. For more information on the project, see the staff report prepared by town principal planner David Crompton.

Later, the council will hold a public hearing on a 37-unit townhouse development project that would be placed parallel to Interstate 680, near the southbound freeway off the ramp at El Cerro Boulevard.

According to Crompton’s staff report, the development plan would build 37 townhomes in seven buildings on two separate parcels, 359 and 375 West El Pintado Road -- a total of 1.88 acres of land. The first parcel currently contains a single-family home and the latter parcel is vacant.

The project proposes that the General Plan land-use designation for 359 West El Pintado be amended from residential-single family-low density to mixed-use; the General Plan land-use designation for 375 West El Pintado was amended to mixed use in 1999 for approval of another development plan that lapsed without being built.

The Danville Planning Commission reviewed the project at two meetings this year, with a recommendation that the council approve the project on a 4-3 vote on June 11.

“The commissioners who voted against the project indicated that they were not in support of the General Plan Amendment aspect of the request, and felt that the existing single family residential lot would make a better transition to the residential neighborhood to the south,” Crompton said.

The project comes before the town again this Tuesday, for council evaluation of the project proposal, which covers a variety of concerns, including parking, unit sizes, traffic and environmental impacts, bicycle and pedestrian safety and affordability.

The proposed townhomes would consist of four one-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units. Off-street parking spaces designated for a particular family would be allocated based on the size of the housing unit and located on the same lot.

An environmental impact report found that the project could potentially have significant impacts on factors including water quality, air quality and soils, but the implementation of mitigation measures would reduce all impacts below a significant level.

Similarly, per a transportation impact study, there would not be a significant impact on traffic conditions in the area, according to Crompton. Conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians would be safer as a result of the cutting back of an existing knoll along the frontage of the site, which would allow adequate line of sight through the roadway, and the addition of a new sidewalk connecting to existing sidewalks nearby, he said.

Town planning staff recommend that the council approve the development plan at the public hearing this Tuesday and return for a second reading on Aug. 13.

The regular meeting will take place on Tuesday (July 16) at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall located at 201 Front St. and the full agenda can be viewed here.

In other business

* The council will vote on approving the completion of the landscape renovation project at the south parking lot of Osage Station Park, which updated the irrigation system, installed new plants and renovated the existing landscape -- an item listed on the consent calendar.

* As another part of the consent calendar, council members will vote on awarding a design contract to improve existing and install new bicycle facilities on Diablo Road (west), from Green Valley Road to Hartz Avenue.

With $29,950 for the design contract and $2,995 for contingency, the total design budget is $32,945. Sources of sufficient funds include the gas tax.

* Council members will also vote to authorize the purchase of rectangular rapid flashing beacon systems to replace existing crosswalk warning systems at Iron Horse Regional Trail crossings at Greenbrook Drive, El Capitan Drive and Paraiso Drive. The same project would construct raised crosswalks at the three crossings listed, once funding is procured.

The town has already installed similar lighted systems at Iron Horse Regional Trail crossings and throughout the downtown core, and they have proven to be cost-effective pedestrian and cyclist safety systems, according to town staff.

The cost for the purchase and shipping of RRFB systems for the three identified locations is $38,792.23 and with a 10% contingency of $3,879.22, the total would be $42,671.45.

* Council members will then hear a monthly report from Town Manager Joe Calabrigo.

* The council invites public comment on the town’s quarterly investment report, which includes a statistical economic update, a portfolio evaluation, a holdings report and a transaction ledger.

* The council will appoint two council members to the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach on October 16-18 -- one voting delegate and one alternate voting delegate.

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Posted by SOS-Danville Group
a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:22 am

It's been nine years since the Town of Danville and the first Magee Ranches project developer announced the Magee Ranches residential development.That Town Council approved the 69+ home project with total disregard of the public's concerns and no Measure S public vote.

Now it's 2019 and it's still the same project with a new developer, Davidon Homes, and the same flagrant disregard of the community's input. The new misleading project name--- Magee "Preserve" ---is meant to disguise the fact that the project will be built on Agricultural Open Space land supposed to remain in Ag. use unless the public voted otherwise. The Town Council maintains that all the land covered with homes will still be in "Agricultural" use. What nonsense.

Danville Open Space Committee will begin a referendum petition drive on Wednesday, July 17th to obtain by August 14th the needed 3000 Town of Danville registered voters' signatures to require the Town Council to put the project's discretionary rezoning to a public vote.

Please look for our signature gatherers at local stores and in your neighborhoods. Help us to obtain the Measure S public vote that the Council continues to deny. Once we obtain the election, Danville registered voters will decide at the ballot box whether this project merits their approval.

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