creation of 381 Acres of Permanent Open Space
Magee Preserve forever protects one of the last large undeveloped sites in Danville by dedicating scenic and habitat easements to preserve 381 acres of rolling hills, creeks and wetlands. With Magee Preserve, Mt. Diablo’s foothills and the gateway to Mt. Diablo State Park—which represents over a mile and a half of pristine land along the southside of Diablo Road and east of McCauley Road—will be permanently protected and off-limits from future development.
Magee Preserve also ensures that the Magee Family, who has maintained a local cattle ranching business since 1949, can continue this important Danville heritage on site for decades to come.
Protecting Views: No Visibility of Homes from Diablo and Blackhawk Road
The current zoning allows for 78 large homes to be scattered across the hillsides of the 410-acre property, but Magee Preserve is designed to cluster the proposed 69 homes on the flatter areas of the property. No homes will be visible to motorists on Diablo Road and Blackhawk Road. Each house will be 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, allowing Mt. Diablo’s pristine hillsides to remain as a prominent part of the Danville landscape.
Adds Two Miles of Public Trails to the East Bay Regional Park District
Magee Preserve collaborates with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to add two miles of new public trails for the enjoyment of Danville hikers, bicyclists, dog owners and families. The new trails will connect Mt. Diablo State Park to Sycamore Valley Regional Park and the Iron Horse Trail, filling an important gap in the regional trail network.
Trails will be designed to meander through the property to allow the public and Danville families to have access—for the very first time— to new, unparalleled views unlike anywhere else in Danville. The project also includes a public parking lot and public staging area to give Danville residents access to the East Bay Regional Park District trail system.
Protecting Local Wildlife, Green Valley Creek and the Environment
Magee Preserve protects one and a half miles of Green Valley Creek. We are working in close collaboration with environmental resource agencies to prevent and repair erosion and enhance the natural habitat in and around Green Valley, creating a more sustainable Creek and improved habitat for the wildlife—like the California red-legged frog—that live here.
In fact, the project establishes a special conservation easement for preservation of the sensitive California red-legged frog and wetland habitat.
Improving Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety
Magee Preserve provides critical lands to the Town for future expansion of the paved bike and pedestrian trail along Diablo Road, allowing the Town to fill this important gap and fulfill its long-term vision of a paved multi-purpose path as a new alternative to Diablo Road, making a safer option for bicyclists, runners, and walkers and their dogs.
What’s more, a new bicycle and pedestrian path will be constructed within the project, which will extend from Blackhawk Road through Magee Preserve and meander along the restored Green Valley Creek riparian corridor and lead the way to a network of East Bay Regional Park hiking trails and the Town’s planned future pathway along Diablo Road. A new parking lot and staging area will be constructed for easy access by Danville residents.
Magee Preserve Does Its Fair Share to Reduce Congestion and Wait Times
Magee Preserve will make improvements at the Green Valley and Diablo Road intersection and, pending County approval, will install a "smart" traffic light at the Mt. Diablo Scenic intersection—at no cost to taxpayers—to allow more cars to flow more smoothly and more rapidly through the Diablo Road corridor.
$1.5 Million in New Annual Tax Revenue for the Town
Magee Preserve will generate $1.5 million per year in new tax dollars for local schools and Town services, including public safety, road repair, and parks and recreation.