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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Retain Current Zoning

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June 7, 2016Elecciones Primarias de California

El Dorado County
Measure G - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

29,489 votos si (49.37%)

30,242 votos no (50.63%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (102/102).
  • 59,731 boletas electorales serán contadas.

The ballot question submitted to voters shall be as follows: Shall the ordinance be adopted to (1) add, amend, or delete fifteen distinct policies in the El Dorado County General Plan concerning land use, agriculture, mixed use, cultural and historical resources, and water supply and (2) preclude El Dorado County from approving any future discretionary project until it implements twelve enumerated General Plan policies related to community design guidelines, cultural and historical resources, water supply, and scenic corridors, as more fully described in the proposed ordinance?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

 

This measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters.  If adopted by a majority vote, this measure would amend the El Dorado County General Plan related to land use, mixed-use development, agricultural setbacks, cultural and historical resources, and water supply and prioritize implementation of specified policies.  The amended policies would remain in effect indefinitely and could only be amended by voter approval.

 

 

 

The measure would require that El Dorado County amend General Plan land use designations to match zoning.  Although such action would ensure consistency between the General Plan and the zoning ordinance, it would do so in an atypical way.  State law indicates that such inconsistencies are to be resolved by amending zoning to match General Plan land use designations.  It is unclear how many parcels would be affected by this requirement or how it would be implemented, as many zoning districts are compatible with multiple land use designations.  Accordingly, implementation would likely require additional analysis and action by the County.

 

 

 

The measure would also require that future decisions for land use changes be based on a land use compatibility matrix included in the measure.  The effect of this is also unclear as the measure provides no guidance on how to apply the matrix.

 

 

 

The measure would amend mixed-use development policies to reduce allowable density to 10 dwelling units per acre, require that the development be located on a single parcel, and require that commercial is the primary and dominant use.  The measure would amend agricultural policies to expand the class of parcels required to provide a 200-foot setback from agricultural uses and would allow administrative relief from that requirement to be given only by the Agricultural Commission.  The measure would amend water policies to, among other things, remove the ability of certain types of developments in Rural Centers to utilize private water supply systems. 

 

 

 

The measure would also require that El Dorado County implement twelve specified General Plan policies, including policies requiring a cultural resources ordinance, historic design standards, a scenic corridor inventory and ordinance, and a County-wide water resources management program.  Full implementation will likely take multiple years as each item will require public outreach, extensive analysis, and environmental review.  During that time, the measure would preclude the County from approving any “discretionary projects.”  “Discretionary projects” ordinarily refers to any project requiring the exercise of judgment (and not simply the application of fixed standards).  According to the California Environmental Quality Act, examples of “discretionary projects” include, but are not limited to, zoning amendments, variances, conditional use permits, and tentative subdivision maps.

 

 

 

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of amending the subject policies of the El Dorado County General Plan.

 

 

 

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the subject policies of the El Dorado County General Plan.

 

 

 

Michael Ciccozzi, Interim County Counsel

 

— Michael Ciccozzi, Interim County Counsel

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of amending the subject policies of the El Dorado County General Plan.

 

Un voto por el NO significa

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the subject policies of the El Dorado County General Plan.

 

Argumento A FAVOR

 

Argument In Favor of Measure G (Initiative to “Retain Current Zoning and Rural Assets”)

 

 

 

El Dorado County voters were promised that the 2004 General Plan would control growth, protect agriculture, limit traffic, protect open space and our water, encourage healthy economic growth, and preserve our rural quality of life.

 

 

 

Most voters didn’t realize that those protections would have to be implemented AFTER the plan was approved.

 

 

 

To date, the Board of Supervisors has yet to implement those policies.

 

 

 

As a result, our rural resources, jobs, forests, historic structures, native cultural sites and roads have been devastated.

 

 

 

  • A “Yes” vote on MEASURE G mandates that protective policies in the 2004 General Plan be implemented and no longer ignored!

  • A “Yes” vote on Measure G directs the Board of Supervisors to make land use changes based on compatibility rather than favoritism, providing predictability and security to landowners.

  • A “Yes” vote WILL NOT allow approval of new discretionary projects until the agricultural buffers are restored and existing policies that protect our historical, cultural, water and recreational resources are implemented.

  • A “Yes” vote WILL put decisions on Agricultural buffers in the hands of the Agricultural Commission rather than County planners.

  • A “Yes” vote requires the County to finally implement the Water Supply and Demand Management Plan promised in 2004.

 

 

 

Implementing protective policies will preserve our historical downtowns, cultural sites, farms, ranches, water resources and safeguard against incompatible land uses.

 

 

 

Creating Community plans will protect the unique character of each individual community within the county, promote rural commerce and improve economic development.

 

 

 

Measure G is endorsed by farmers, local contractors, small businesses, historians, taxpayer and environmental advocates along with the unspoken dedicated army of unpaid petition gathers who labored relentlessly to gather the necessary signatures for this measure.

 

 

 

Vote “Yes” on Measure G to bring common sense back to controlling growth and protecting our quality of life!

 

 

 

Patricia G. Chelseth, My Sisters’ Farm

 

Tim Taylor, Historic Hangtown Building, Owner

 

Rod Pimental, El Dorado Northern Lumber Company, Owner

 

Bill Thorpe

Dennis Smith, Ranting Raven Fruits and Vegetables, Owner

Argumento EN CONTRA

 

Measure G threatens EL Dorado County water rights, jobs and our economy. It could cost the County needed revenue and Measure G could tie the County up in costly court battles for years.

 

 

 

EL DORADO COUNTY PREPARED AN OFFICIAL MEASURE G ANALYSIS, AND THE REPORT SHOWS THE DAMAGE MEASURE G COULD DO TO EL DORADO COUNTY:

 

 

 

.… hurt the County’s ability to maintain a reliable supply of water for farmers and residents

 

.… hurt the local economy by preventing new jobs from being created, and making it harder for the county to produce high-paying quality jobs needed to maintain a strong local economy

 

.… make El Dorado County economy less diverse, which would make the county’s economy more volatile and vulnerable to recessions

 

.… result in lawsuits and legal challenges because of conflicts with existing county and state laws

 

.… Reduce funding to repair and improve local roads and highways

 

 

 

FARMERS OPPOSE MEASURE G BECAUSE IT PUTS EL DORADO COUNTY WATER AT RISK AND THREATENS OUR OPEN SPACE. Measure G will push development to more rural areas of the county – eating up more open space and increasing traffic on rural roads and neighborhood streets. And Measure G could further damage local farmers, ranchers and other businesses that have already been hurt by the drought, and result in higher local water rates for residents.

 

 

 

BUSINESS LEADERS AND LABOR OPPOSE MEASURE G BECAUSE IT WILL COST JOBS, HURT SMALL BUSINESSES AND UPSET THE APPROPRIATE BALANCE BETWEEN PROVIDING A STRONG ECONOMY AND PROTECTING OPEN SPACE.

 

 

 

Get the facts. Read the El Dorado County Measure G analysis at edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Attempting_to_Qualify_or_Qualified.aspx. See for yourself how Measure G could hurt El Dorado County.

 

 

 

Join farmers, business, labor, public safety, educators and other community leaders who are voting “no” on Measure G – protect our rural open space.

 

 

 

Jim Davies, President, El Dorado County Farm Bureau

 

Alexis Boeger, Vice President, El Dorado Winery Association

 

Doug Leisz, Chairman, Citizens for Water

 

Debbie Manning, President/CEO, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce

Laurel Brent-Bumb, CEO, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

 

Measure G does not protect our quality of life – it threatens El Dorado County water rights, jobs and our economy.

 

 

 

The impartial County Analysis says Measure G hurts the County’s ability to maintain a reliable water supply for farmers and residents. Doug Leisz, Chairman of Citizens for Water agrees – saying, “Measure G puts El Dorado County water at risk.”

 

 

 

The analysis further states Measure G could hurt the local economy, making El Dorado County more vulnerable to recessions. Debbie Manning, President of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce adds, “Measure G will cost jobs and hurt small businesses.”

 

 

 

FARMERS OPPOSE MEASURE G. Alexis Boeger, Vice President of the El Dorado Winery Association says “Measure G could further damage local farmers, ranchers, and other businesses that have already been hurt by drought.” And Jim Davies, President of the El Dorado County Farm Bureau says. “Measure G will push development to more rural areas of the county – eating up more open space and increasing traffic on rural roads and neighborhood streets.”

 

 

 

MEASURE G IS NOT REFORM. IT DOES NOT PROTECT OUR RURAL QUALITY OF LIFE. IT’S BAD PLANNING.

 

 

 

MEASURE G THREATENS OPEN SPACE, INCREASES TRAFFIC AND JEOPARDIZES DEEPLY NEEDED EL DORADO COUNTY WATER.

 

 

 

Get the facts. Read the El Dorado County Measure G analysis at edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Attempting_to_Qualify_or_Qualified.aspx. See for yourself how Measure G could hurt El Dorado County.

 

 

 

Join farmers, business, labor, public safety, educators and other community leaders who are voting “NO” on Measure G – protect our rural open space.

 

 

 

Tom Heflin, Owner, Rainbow Orchards

 

Mike Kobus, El Dorado County Small Business Owner

 

Bryan Payne, Vice President, Deputy Sheriffs Association of El Dorado County

 

Lloyd Walker, Owner , Walker Vineyard

Christa Campbell, Retired El Dorado County School Teacher

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

 

STOP EL DORADO COUNTY FROM BECOMING THE NEXT ELK GROVE!

 

 

 

Why are developers, Chambers of Commerce, Winery Association, and the Farm Bureau determined to further delay the historical, agricultural, recreational, cultural, and water protection policies that were promised in our 2004 General Plan?

 

 

 

Shouldn’t we protect our farms, ranches and those resources that attract tourism and agri-tourism that has been a part of El Dorado County for generations?

 

 

 

The opposition falsely claims the balance of the General Plan will be upset by Measure G. In fact, Measure G simply mandates that protective policies be implemented prior to allowing more massive development.

 

 

 

The opposition does not want these policies implemented because they would create barriers to their goal of building out high-density development throughout the County.

 

 

 

IN NO WAY WILL MEASURE G THREATEN JOBS, WATER RIGHTS, OR OUR ECONOMY.

 

 

 

Kirk Bone of Parker Development hand delivered the Argument Against Measure G to the Elections Department.

 

 

 

Why would a representative for a large development company deliver the Argument to Elections? Go here to find out more about Kirk Bone: http://saveourcounty.net/

 

 

 

When you see your mailbox full of expensive mailers or see expensive TV adds against Measure G, remember that the deep pockets of the developers are paying for those ads and are intent on deceiving voters. DON’T BE FOOLED!

 

 

 

Local tradesmen, contractors, public safety officers, small farmers, business owners, firemen, historians and educators care about protecting our unique quality of life in El Dorado County.

 

 

 

 

 

Join us in voting “Yes” on Measure G.

 

 

 

Evelyn Abel, Abels Acres, Owner

 

Raymond Larson, Rancher

 

Evelyn Veerkamp, Friends of Historic Hangtown

 

Howard Neilsen, Neilsen Ranch

George Forni, Forni Ranch

Legislación propuesta

 

The 2004 El Dorado County General Plan is hereby amended or policies listed shall be implemented, prior to any future discretionary project being allowed, approved or adopted, as follows and shall remain in effect indefinitely unless amended by voter approval:  (deletions are shown as strikeouts, additions are shown as underlined)

 

 

 

  1. Where a Land use designation is inconsistent with current zoning, the Land use designation shall be amended to match existing zoning.   

     

  2. Future decisions for land use changes shall be based on the land use compatibility matrix attached. 

     

  3. The General Plan Policy Interpretations for Policies 8.1.3.2 and 8.4.1.2 (resolution No. 079-2007) and criteria for 8.1.3.1 shall be deleted.  Policies 8.1.3.1 and 8.4.1.2 shall be restored to the original language in the 2004 General Plan and Policy 8.1.3.2 shall be amended as follows:

     

    Agriculturally incompatible uses adjacent to agricultural zoned lands shall provide a minimum setback of 200 feet from the boundary of agriculturally zoned lands.

     

    Agriculturally incompatible uses adjacent to agriculturally zoned land outside of designated Agricultural Districts shall provide a minimum setback of 200 feet on parcels 10 acres or larger. 

     

    The implementing ordinance shall contain provisions for Administrative relief, which shall only be given through the Agricultural Commission, to these setbacks, where appropriate, and may impose larger setbacks where needed to protect agricultural resources.

     

    Incompatible uses and fees for administrative relief shall be defined in the zoning ordinance. 

     

  4. The Mixed Use Policies 2.1.1.3, 2.1.2.5, 2.2.1.2 and Table 2-2 of Policy 2.2.1.3 shall be restored to the original language in the 2004 El Dorado County General Plan.

     

  5. Cultural and Historical Resource Policies 2.4.1.2 (A) and (E), 7.5.1.1, 7.5.1.4, 7.5.1.5, 7.5.2.1, 7.5.2.2 (A), and 7.5.2.6 (as modified) shall be implemented prior to any new discretionary projects or demolition of buildings over 100 years old shall be allowed. Policy 7.5.2.6 shall be modified as follows: The County, in cooperation with the State, shall identify the viewshed of Coloma State Park and establish guidelines to be used for development within the viewshed.  In addition, the County shall continue to support the relocation of State Route 49 to bypass the Park in order to protect its visual and physical integrity.

     

  6. In order to ensure an ongoing balance between water supply and demand in El Dorado County the following water policies shall be implemented prior to any new discretionary projects shall be allowed:  5.2.1.1, 5.2.1.14 (as modified), 5.2.3.3 and 5.2.3.6. 

     

    The following water supply policies shall be modified as follows:

     

    Policy 5.2.1.3 - All medium-density residential, high-density residential, multifamily residential, commercial, industrial and research and development projects shall be required to connect to public water systems when located within Community Regions and to either a public water system or to an approved private water systems in Rural Centers.

     

    Policy 5.2.1.4 - Rezoning, discretionary development and subdivision approvals in Community Regions or other areas dependent on public water supply shall be subject to the availability of a permanent and reliable water supply necessary for all uses including fire prevention. 

     

    Policy 5.2.1.14 - The County, in cooperation with the Water Agency and water purveyors, shall collect and make available information on water supply and demand, which includes recognizing the water needs of existing unimproved parcels.  

     

    And the following water supply policies shall be deleted, 5.2.1.6 and 5.2.1.7.

     

  7. Policy 2.6.1.1, to establish scenic corridor and vista point regulations based on local community participation, shall be implemented prior to any future discretionary projects being allowed in the scenic vistas or resource points listed in Table 5.3-1 and Exhibit 5.3-1 of the El Dorado County General Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report.

    IMPLEMENTATION:

     

 

  • This measure is not applicable within the jurisdictions of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the City of Placerville.

     

  • This measure shall take effect upon certification of election results.

     

If any provision of this measure is for any reason held to be invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

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