About Magee Preserve: More to Love in the Place We Love
Magee Preserve is a Town-approved project for the Town of Danville that prioritizes the preservation of the foothills of Mt. Diablo and Danville’s unique way of life for future and current generations. Town Council unanimously approved this application on July 2 and July 16, 2019, and it is also by supported Danville’s Planning Commission, Bike East Bay, Mount Diablo Cyclists and Valley Spokesmen. In addition, Save Mount Diablo and East Bay Regional Park District supported approving this project because of Magee Preserve’s significant conservation and recreational values.
The project preserves 381 acres —93% of the property—as new permanent public open space, protected forever by both scenic and habitat conservation easements. That’s why it’s called “Magee Preserve.”
Current Town zoning on the property allows development of 78 highly visible homes to be built on the hillsides across the 410-acres and preserves only a sliver (6% of the property) as designated open space. Magee Preserve is a better idea: Fewer homes, all out of sight from Diablo and Blackhawk Roads, and preserving 93%—or 381 acres—of the property for public open space.
The newly, unanimously approved project proposes 69 single-family homes clustered on just 29 acres—or 7% of the total—on the lowest part of the property and completely out of sight from Diablo and Blackhawk Roads.
Magee Preserve also adds—at no cost to taxpayers or the Town—two miles of new public trails to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) for the enjoyment of Danville families, connecting Mt. Diablo State Park to Sycamore Valley Regional Park and the Iron Horse Trail and now that it’s been approved by the Town, it will officially fill a longstanding gap in the regional trail network. It safeguards the gateway to Mt. Diablo State Park—over a mile of pristine land along the southside of Diablo Road and east of McCauley Road—and protects Green Valley Creek, views and local wildlife.
Save Mount Diablo supports the project tradeoffs because of Magee Preserve’s significant conservation values.
This project also provides critical lands to the Town for future expansion of the paved biking and pedestrian trail along Diablo Road, providing a safer option for cyclists, runners, and walkers and their dogs, and makes improvements to traffic flow on Diablo Road. All at no cost to taxpayers.
Plus, the project generates $1.5 million annually in new tax revenue for local schools and Town services.
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE DANVILLE TOWN COUNCIL
On July 2 and July 16, Danville’s Town Council voted unanimously to approve Magee Preserve, the proposal for the Town of Danville. In the 5-0 vote, Councilmembers called the project careful planning that maintains the integrity of our community and preserves an important piece of land for generations of Danville residents, hikers and bikers. In late May, the project was overwhelmingly recommended by Danville’s Planning Commission.
SUPPORTED BY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Dozens of local organizations and community leaders are on record in support of Magee Preserve, including Save Mount Diablo, East Bay Regional Park District, the Danville Planning Commission, and Danville Town Council. It is also supported by all of Danville’s major bike groups, including Bike East Bay, Mount Diablo Cyclists, Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club, and the leaders of the San Ramon Valley Mountain Bike Club.
Implements More Protections Than Current Zoning
Current Town zoning on the property allows development of 78 highly visible homes to be built on the hillsides across the 410-acres and preserves only a sliver (6% of the property) as designated open space.
Magee Preserve is a significant improvement. Taking the public’s concerns about development into consideration and through thoughtful planning, Magee Preserve:
Restricts building to 69 single-family homes, completely unseen from Diablo and Blackhawk Roads, by clustering the homes together on only 29 acres of the flattest, lowest part of the property.
Permanently preserves 381 acres (93% of the entire property) as public open space, guaranteeing it is off-limits to future development forever.
Creates 2 miles of new public trails in partnership with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).
Provides necessary lands to the Town to give cyclists and pedestrians a new, safer alternative to travel on Diablo Road.
No Visibility from Diablo and Blackhawk Roads
Protecting the viewshed is a key component of Magee Preserve. That’s why no homes will be visible to motorists on Diablo Road and Blackhawk Road. Instead, the homes are situated on the lower flatter portions of the property, tucked amongst the natural topography, existing mature oak trees, or built behind existing development to ensure view preservation. Click on the below animations to see what can be seen from outside the project.
Homes that Reflect Danville’s Character
Every home is designed to blend with the surrounding styles of the adjacent neighborhoods and to fit the unique character of Danville. The secluded area of homes will be nestled on 10,000 to 48,000 square foot lots. A minimum of 10% of the homes would be constructed with attached secondary units, meeting the Town’s inclusionary housing requirements. Click here to see renderings of Magee Preserve’s proposed architecture.