New Initiative Pushes Growth into Rural Areas
A co-creator of Measure Y, Bill Center, has filed his intent to put yet another anti-growth initiative before voters in November 2014. For now, be assured one result is guaranteed: More land-use lawsuits will likely be filed and local taxpayers will watch their tax dollars once again fund attorneys on land use issues. The typical question we hear from folks expressing disbelief at yet another land use voter initiative is “Aren’t things slow enough here?”
An early review leads to these conclusions: No matter how enticing this initiative may appear at first blush there will be many unintended consequences, as we’re now experiencing with so many programs when we examine analyzed results. The result of this new initiative, if passed, is likely to be one or both of the following: Serious reduction in the funds available to improve roads impacted by new development, particularly Highway 50, and a change from the current General Plan (GP) goal/direction that preserves the rural lands in El Dorado County (EDC) by directing growth primarily to the Highway 50 corridor. If passed this initiative would push that growth into the rural agricultural areas and areas that have limited or no infrastructure. However, with the base General Plan policies intact (as the initiative appears to do) that rural growth would also be very expensive to develop as there would be a proliferation of residential growth on wells and septic systems and/or expensive to extend services to rural parcels. Affordable and moderate housing zoning would still be required.