New Initiative Extends Anti-Traffic Congestion Measures Sunset from 2018 to Lifetime of General Plan
Originally the measure was approved by voters and embedded into the county's General Plan. Because the General Plan was written with an effective expirationdate of 2015 and the voter approved measure was approved for 10 years the General Plan has an embedded sunset clause in the measure's restrictions. A few years ago voters authorized the measure until 2018. Now this Initiative would extend the measure's restrictions for the entire term of this General Plan. As a new General Plan will have to be written and approved by voters then, the newextension would restrictions for the entire period of approved primary planningdocument.
A key endorsement came this week when Region Builders issued this Press Release:
Region Builders (a commercial building industry group) is forming the coalition Fix Our Local Roads to advocate for our ballot measure in El Dorado County. Below is a statement from the campaign, and attached is the ballot language.
Local roads in El Dorado County are at a point of congestive failure. To stay rural and protect commercial jobs we must: extend measure Y through 2025, hold the line on growth inside our community regions and demand results by forcing the state to pay its fair share for highway 50, making the County prioritize local road funding, and forcing the County to open their books to the taxpayers on how money is spent.
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.
Measure Y has done a good job keeping El Dorado County rural, controlling growth and requiring new development to mitigate traffic impacts. However, Measure Y is set to expire in just four years. If Measure Y expires, these protections would be lost.
This Initiative extends Measure Y through 2025. It retains Measure Y’s existing requirements that new development must fully fund the cost of improvements to local roads which are needed to accommodate traffic. In addition, this Initiative improves upon Measure Y in three simple and straightforward, but important, ways.
First, this Initiative establishes a policy of, wherever permissible, relying on state and federal dollars for Highway 50 improvements and requiring the County to prioritize local road improvements when allocating local transportation fees. This should help alleviate local traffic congestion and help better maintain local roads.
Second, this Initiative protects the rural nature of El Dorado County by directing growth away from rural areas and towards existing Community Regions by encouraging responsible planning and zoning within Community Regions where infrastructure, including roads, is already nearby.
Third, this Initiative makes the County more accountable to taxpayers by requiring annual reports on the traffic condition of local roadways and the efforts being made to alleviate congestion and better maintain our local roads.
El Dorado County is a great place to live, and this initiative builds on the past success of the voter approved Measure Y and the general plan to limit growth, ease traffic congestion and protect the overall quality of life in El Dorado County.
From a commercial building industry perspective, this will encourage jobs from everything from building coffee shops to high-tech facilities and will encourage better goods movement.
Region Builders, Inc.
Read original file copy here: http://www.ineldoradocounty.com/docs/Initiative%20No.%206-1.pdf