As a first step in the Town’s development review process, a lot study is undertaken to determine a property’s maximum allowable development potential. This study takes into account the property’s permitted density (example: up to one home per five acres) as well as the relevant development standards that apply (example: no development within 100 vertical feet of a ridgeline or on slopes in excess of 30-percent, etc.). The conclusion of this study was that the Magee Ranch property had the right to request a maximum of 78 lots.
In 2010, SummerHill Homes submitted a development application for 85 homes. Through the environmental review process, the proposal was reduced to 78 homes in 2011 and subsequently to 70 homes by late 2012. In response to comments that surfaced through the Draft EIR prepared for the original project, the unit count was reduced further to 69 homes.