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Extends Meas Y, Amends General Plan and Prioritizes Some Road Improvements
County of El Dorado
County Ordinance and General Plan Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 14616 / 24.51% Yes votes ...... 45010 / 75.49% No votes
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Results as of Nov 25 3:24pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (154/154)|
55.8% Voter Turnout (59626/106931)
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Shall the ordinance be adopted amending the County of El Dorado General Plan to extend the Measure Y policies through 2025 and establish policies to (1) require annual reporting on traffic volumes and allocation of traffic impact mitigation fees, (2) emphasize improvements to local roadways when specifying expenditures in the Capital Improvement Program, (3) whenever possible rely first on state or federal funding for Highway 50 capacity-enhancing projects, and (4) encourage planning and zoning in Community Regions?
Existing Policy TC-Xa would be amended only to extend its expiration date from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2025. This policy was adopted by voters in 2008 as a modification and extension of the original 1998 Measure Y policies.
Existing Policy TC-Xb would be amended in two respects. First, it would be amended to require the County to provide an annual report detailing the traffic volume of major roads and highways and how Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees have been allocated. Second, it would be amended to require the County, in specifying expenditures in its Capital Improvement Program, to place emphasis on providing improvements to local roadways serving existing communities and areas designated as Community Regions. If adopted, the County will have to reconcile that requirement with the potentially conflicting mandate of current Policy TC-Xi, which makes the planning for the widening of Highway 50 a priority.
Existing Policy TC-Xi would be amended to require that the County, whenever possible, rely first on the use of state and/or federal funding for Highway 50 capacity-enhancing projects. Traffic Impact Fees could continue to be used for Caltrans facilities as matching funds for various grants or programs, for any purpose consistent with or required by Policy TC-Xa, or when no other means of financing is available.
The County receives various types of state and federal money, ranging from project-specific grants to a share of the state Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax. It is unclear what, if any, impact this provision would have on the County's use of such funds.
Existing Policy 184.108.40.206 would be amended to require the County to "encourage planning and zoning within the Community Regions where existing infrastructure, such as roads, water, sewers, and power, is nearby." It is unclear whether this new provision will lead to any substantive changes in County land use and planning as existing policies already direct growth towards Community Regions.
This measure declares itself to be an alternative to all other voter measures seeking to amend the General Plan. Accordingly, if it passes with more affirmative votes than any other such competing measure, this measure will control over such measures, rendering those competing measures, in their entirety, void and without effect. If, however, this measure passes with less affirmative votes than any other competing measure, that other measure will control, rendering this measure without effect.
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.
Edward L. Knapp
|Arguments For Measure N||Arguments Against Measure N|
|Measure N is designed to keep us rural.
Measure N will relieve local traffic congestion and limit growth in El Dorado County by:
(1) Forcing the state to pay its fair share for Highway 50
In 1998, County voters approved Measure Y and in 2008, voters extended Measure Y for another ten years. On average, Measure Y has limited growth in El Dorado County to just one percent a year since 1999, and dedicated over $200 million to local transportation improvements.
This Initiative extends Measure Y through 2025.
It retains Measure Y's requirement that new development fully pay for the cost of improvements to local roads which are needed to ease traffic.
It also improves Measure Y in three simple, but important, ways:
1. Encourages the county to utilize state and federal dollars to fund Highway 50 improvements whenever possible, and prioritizes county transportation dollars to improving local roads. This should alleviate local traffic congestion and better maintain local roads.
2. Keeps El Dorado County rural by limiting growth within existing Community Regions approved by voters in the county's general plan. This encourages responsible planning and zoning within Community Regions where infrastructure including roads and water is nearby.
3. Makes the County more accountable to taxpayers by requiring annual reports on what efforts are being made to alleviate traffic congestion and better maintain local roads.
El Dorado County is a great place to live, and Measure N builds on the past success of voter approved Measure Y to limit growth, ease traffic congestion, improve local roads, and protect our rural way of life.
Please join us.
Gregory Thomas Jones
The current General Plan is working. Measure Y, approved by voters in 1998 and overwhelmingly approved in 2008, was the result of collaborative efforts among environmental, business, development, and slow-growth advocates. A balanced plan to insure we protect the local economy as well as our rural quality of life.
THE COMPROMISE PLAN IS WORKING -- NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TRY SOMETHING UNTESTED.
MEASURE N WILL PARALYZE EL DORADO COUNTY FOR YEARS WITH COSTLY BATTLES OVER LAND USE. Measure N, like Measures M and O, claims it will improve transportation and land use planning, but it will make traffic worse, endanger open space, reduce developer fees for road improvements and cost El Dorado County jobs and tax revenue.
MEASURE N IS FLAWED AND WILL COST EL DORADO COUNTY MILLIONS. Measures N, M and O are so poorly drafted it will take years to sort out the conflicts between them -- paralyzing local planning and costing millions.
Local business, labor, agriculture, public safety, education, and other community leaders have united against Measures N, M and O because the proposals threaten local control, undercut the voter approved Measure Y and General Plan, and will produce more traffic and less open space. And the measures threaten private property rights as well as damage the local economy -- costing jobs and tax revenue for important local public services.
Vote No on Measure N -- we need a proper balance.
Susan Bergin, Laborers Local 185
Vote NO on Measure N.
Measure N was placed on the ballot by a Sacramento-based developers' group. The developers measure is very self-serving and deceptively written.
First, developers included language that permanently enacts controversial General Plan policies to approve 27,000 new homes, including 2,000 in the Placerville-Camino-Pollock Pines areas; 8,000 in El Dorado Hills; 6,500 in Cameron Park-Shingle Springs; 5,500 in El Dorado-Diamond Springs and 5,000 homes spread out in rural areas.
Then developers also included deceptively simple language that reads: ... "HIGHWAY 50 CAPACITY ENHANCING PROJECTS ... SHALL RELY FIRST ON THE USE OF STATE AND/OR FEDERAL FUNDING ... RATHER THAN COUNTY TIM (developer) FEES".
Every year, the state returns $9 million in gas tax revenues paid by El Dorado County residents when they pay gasoline and fuel taxes. This revenue is mostly used for local road repair and snow removal.
Vote No on Measure N.
We the undersigned submit the Argument Against Measure N:
Kathleen McCoy, President, EDC League of Women Voters
|Full Text of Measure N|
|The people of the County of El Dorado ordain as follows:
Section 1. Title.
Section 2. Purpose and Findings.
1. In 1998, County voters approved the "Control Traffic Congestion Initiative" (Measure Y), and in 2008, voters amended and extended Measure Y for another ten years.
Section 3. General Plan Amendments.
Policy TC-Xa The following policies shall remain in effect until December 31, 2018 2025:
1. Traffic from single-family residential subdivision development projects of five or more parcels of land shall not result in, or worsen, Level of Service F (gridlock, stop-and-go) traffic congestion during weekday, peak-hour periods on any highway, road, interchange or intersection in the unincorporated areas of the county.
END TABLE TC-2
Policy TC-Xb To ensure that potential development in the County does not exceed available roadway capacity, the County shall:
A. Every year prepare an annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP) specifying expenditures for roadway improvements within the next 10 years. At least every five years prepare a CIP specifying expenditures for roadway improvements within the next 20 years. Each plan shall contain identification of funding sources sufficient to develop the improvements identified;
Policy TC-Xi The planning for the widening of U.S. Highway 50, and other improvements to State (Caltrans) facilities, consistent with the policies of this General Plan, including to prevent level of service F as provided in Policy TC-Xa (Measure Y), shall be a priority of the County. The County shall coordinate with other affected agencies, such as the City of Folsom, the County of Sacramento, and Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to ensure that U.S. Highway 50 capacity enhancing projects are coordinated with these agencies with the goal of delivering these projects on a schedule to meet the requirements of the policies of this General Plan, and whenever possible shall rely first on the use of State and/or federal funding for these projects, rather than County TIM fee revenues, in order to better utilize the TIM funding for County road improvements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, TIM fee revenues may be utilized for Caltrans facilities as matching funds, for various grants or programs, for any purpose consistent with or required by Policy TC-Xa (Measure Y), or when no other means of financing is available.
The Land Use Element of the El Dorado General Plan, adopted July 2004 (and as amended, effective December 2009) is hereby amended to read as follows (deletions are shown in
Policy 220.127.116.11 Establish Community Regions to define those areas which are appropriate for the highest intensity of self-sustaining compact urban-type development or suburban type development within the County based on the municipal spheres of influence, availability of infrastructure, public services, major transportation corridors and travel patterns, the location of major topographic patterns and features, and the ability to provide and maintain appropriate transitions at Community Region boundaries. These boundaries shall be shown on the General Plan land use map. In order to achieve the goals and objectives of protecting the County's rural environment and agricultural uses, the County shall, consistent with Policy 18.104.22.168, encourage planning and zoning within the Community Regions where existing infrastructure, such as roads, water, sewers, and power, is nearby.
Policy 22.214.171.124 Development within Community Regions, as with development elsewhere in the County, may proceed only in accordance with all applicable General Plan Policies, including those regarding infrastructure availability as set forth in the Transportation and Circulation and the Public Services and Utilities Elements. Accordingly, subject to Policy 126.96.36.199, development in Community Regions and elsewhere will be limited in some cases until such time as adequate roadways, utilities, and other public service infrastructure become available and wildfire hazards are mitigated as required by an approved Fire Safe Plan.
Section 4. Implementation of this Initiative.
Section 5. Interpretation and Severability.
Section 6. Conflicting Measures.
Section 7. Amendment and Repeal.
This Initiative may be amended or repealed only by a majority of the voters of the County of El Dorado voting in an election held in accordance with law.
Section 8. Effective Date. Pursuant to state law, if this Initiative is approved by a majority of the voters voting on the issue, the Initiative shall become effective upon the earliest date legally possible after the elections official certifies the vote on the Initiative.