All cities and towns in California are required by state law to prepare a General Plan to manage their physical development over a 15 to 20 year period. The Danville 2030 General Plan has at its core the preservation of the fundamental qualities that make Danville an exceptional place. The community’s visions and goals are expressed through four basic principles:
- Preserve the small town character by reinforcing and protecting the present aesthetics and scale;
- Uphold the quality of life within the community;
- Understand appropriate growth and couple its planning with high quality public facilities and services; and
- Protect the physical setting through the preservation of critical open space areas
The forethought and vision of the previous General Plans for Danville are an important factor in the way the Town looks, feels and lives today. These Plans have helped make Danville one of the most attractive communities in the Bay Area. Although the 2030 General Plan is primarily a factual update, it addresses challenges that have emerged since the late 1990’s, when the last Plan was updated—primarily how Danville can preserve and protect its small town character in light of the continued growth and change occurring in the Tri-Valley, Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area.
The Town’s potential for additional growth is very limited, and is expected to occur through infill development on small sites located close to downtown, shopping and transportation. For the first time, the draft 2030 General Plan addresses sustainability practices, and includes an updated Growth Management Element, new economic development policies to create an even more business-friendly community, and a focus on mobility to accommodate more modes of transportation.