What is Measure S?

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. 

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1. What is The Magee Preserve Project?
2. Is it a development on an Open Space Preserve?
3. Where is it located?
4. What are the existing General Plan and Zoning designations for the Magee property?
5. How does the General Plan or Zoning District allow 69 lots on Agricultural land?
6. Why can't the property be preserved in its current farmland state?
7. What is Measure S?
8. Is the project subject to Measure S and therefore a public vote?
9. Why does the property need to be rezoned?
10. How much traffic would the project generate?
11. Were impacts to cyclists considered?
12. Would the project cause downstream flooding and erosion?
13. Would the development impair the ability for police and fire to respond?
14. Has this project been proposed before?
15. Was there a lawsuit filed against the original project?
16. What was the outcome of the lawsuit on the SummerHill development proposal?
17. What will happen if Measure Y passes, or if it fails?
18. What public trails would be associated with the development?
19. Who will maintain the trails?
20. Will Diablo Road be improved?
21. How will the open space be assured to be permanent?
22. Will the project have a negative impact on fire safety?
23. Are there State laws that require development of open space?
24. How many vehicles trips would the development add to the roadway network?