Center and Moore Layout No-Growth 2014 ballot Initiative
Center and Moore described an organization called “Rural Communities United” consisting of about 20 neighborhood groups such as the Green Valley Alliance, Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino, the local chapter of the Sierra Club and various homeowners associations. The larger group intends to file a proposed initiative on the 2014 ballot.
The proposed initiative suggests policy concepts that would prevent approval of new housing projects if the cumulative impact of increased traffic would result in a LOS F on any county road, state highway or intersection. The other side of that coin notes that road capacity improvements would have to be made in advance of any project approval.
Briggs eventually restated the board’s directive that county “staff sit down with Rural Communities United and go over the numbers.”
Center and Moore reiterated that Highway 50 is already at Level of Service F and cannot be mitigated. There are currently enough vacant parcels to accommodate 15,000 more homes and “We need to shift thinking from building our economy around tract housing to expanding local business, agriculture and tourism,” Center said.
Center also asked rhetorically if there are any other numbers coming from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and its Regional Housing Needs Assessment “that can’t be satisfied by the number 15,832? The answer, I believe, is no.”