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Danville: Ballot arguments released for Magee Preserve development referendum

Original post made on Dec 20, 2019

The debate over the Magee Preserve project continues in Danville with official ballot arguments for both sides of the issue having officially been published on Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 19, 2019, 3:20 PM


Posted by Sandy Varco
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Dec 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

Sandy Varco is a registered user.

After hiking the property and finding out that the 69 homes will NOT be visible from Diablo Road, I am excited for this project to proceed as planned. The bike path will remove the bikers from the road and give the drivers a much needed traffic movement. The availability of the land to enjoy will NOT happen if this measure is defeated. The proponents of this measure began from Diablo CC folks who are unable to vote for it. It is up to those of us as Danville residents to cherish this valuable land for our use in perpetuity. Vote FOR the project.

Posted by Clelen Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2019 at 10:39 am

The 69+ Davidon development is not at good fit for Danville. It adds 840+ car trips a day to Diablo Rd. This road is a substandard with road, meaning the lanes are less than 12 feet wide. The last improvement to Diablo Rd in 1994, narrowed the roadway.
As stated by Danville Bicycle Advisory Committee, Diablo Rd. is the most dangerous road in Contra Costa County for bicyclists. The Davidon Development only makes a bad situation worse.
As for the trail, it's interesting to note they would not accessible today due to the muddy surface that makes hiking or bike riding unrealistic. One would have to wait till after the rainy season.

Posted by Kay Clark
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm

What are the costs to ready and maintain this preserve? Danville taxpayers pay all the costs ?? More information should be given to voters Recent flyer says 0 about costs

Posted by Mike and Bridgit Pelley
a resident of Danville
on Dec 26, 2019 at 10:53 pm

Ms. Varco is incorrect; this was not started solely Diablo CC homeowners, but families from all of the neighborhoods in the Diablo-Green Valley corridor, who are affected daily by the extreme traffic congestion and hazards that currently exist on Diablo and would only get worse with this development. Improvements to this road were supposed to be done years ago and to date, the Town still has not done anything; with this development, it will only get worse and let's be real, a stoplight isn't going to help. Please vote no and support commonsense planning.

Posted by Clelen Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Dec 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm

The cost to improve the Diablo Road corridor depends on who you want to listen to.
Tai Williams, Assistant Town Manager, believes that it would cost 50 million. Her estimate is based on widening Diablo Rd. 60 feet from Green Valley to Scenic Mt. Diablo. Most everybody feels that's excessive. An independent analysis by SOS Danville believes that Diablo Rd can be made safe by adding 3 foot paved shoulders to the existing roadway. This could be done as a 'repair' and cost less than half of Ms. Williams estimate.
Until the Diablo Road corridor is improved, adding 840+ car trip a day to a substandard width road is not consistent with Danville's motto: Small Town Atmosphere, Outstanding Quality of Life. The Magee Preserve is not a good fit for Danville.

Posted by Resident, Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jan 5, 2020 at 10:28 pm

As a 20+ year resident of Danville, I have seen perpetual traffic on Diablo Road. Why cause more traffic to add stress to our daily lives and many collective minutes of wasted time in the car? There must be a better solution to smart city growth!

Posted by Steven Stuart
a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2020 at 10:10 am

One of the items I don't ever see posted is the following:
If this Prop does not pass, then the 410 acres and only 69 homes would completely go away. This property is owned by a family, and they have tried selling it multiple times. This being California gives them the right to sell their property, but they have to work with the Town of Danville first. This is the 2nd time and if it fails they are allowed to take it to the state courts, and the state courts will uphold the rights of the property owner. However, there could be many more houses developed on that land in that case. This will make the majority of the land owned by the East Bay Regional Park, and will truly be "Open Space". As it stands now, it is only Open space by name, but it is owned by someone.
On the 840+ extra(trips by a car a day) on the road that is ridiculous math and statistics, how can 69 house with an average of 2.8 people living in those houses cause that. Each house would have to be throwing a party every few days and alternating. Will this cause more traffic, yes. They will be building bicycle paths so that should be safer for them (as a bicyclist myself). I have to go to MVHS everyday on Diablo Rd. and will need to do this for at least 8 more years. However, as stated above, if voted "no" there could be more house and no open space and no bicycle path, and yes that would be worse.

Posted by Clelen Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

The 840+ car trips a day is based on the Town of Danville's EIR estimates for the Magee Development. This is their estimate, not ours. One would assume this is on the low side since many of the homes will have attached residences. The unknown number of attached residences will generate more traffic. Attached residences allows Danville to qualify for affordable housing.
Nobody is taking anything away from the Magee family. They are free to develop based on current zoning. A Court challenge would go nowhere.
East Bay Regional Parks, EBRP, is accepting bids for development for the Borel Ranch immediately adjacent to Fostoria way. The point is, nothing stops EBRP from selling property for further development.