On November 7, 2000, the voters in Danville approved Measure S, which amended the Town’s General Plan. It requires that any change to lands designated in the General Plan as (1) Agricultural, (2) General Open Space, or (3) Parks and Recreation would be subject to a vote of the people or a 4/5 vote of the Town Council.
Properties designated as General Open Space or Parks and Recreation have no development potential, but properties designated as Agricultural do have some limited development potential.
Therefore, a property designated as Agricultural may be developed without triggering a Measure S vote – as long as the proposed development does not exceed the maximum density permitted by that land use designation. Any development proposal that exceeds the maximum permitted density would require a General Plan Amendment and be subject to a Measure S vote.
As a final note, many of the comments have referred to the property as “Agricultural Open Space,” which has led to a misunderstanding that the property has no development potential. “Agricultural” and “Open Space” are, in actuality, two separate General Plan land use designations.