Ballot Signatures Filed for local Land Use Initiative
Measure proponents write:
"We submitted enough signatures today to make the ballot. Our measure is the pro-business solution to extend Measure Y, fix local roads, and create jobs. Local roads are at a point of congestive failure. To stay rural we must extend measure Y, 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."
Josh Wood said, “There are a bunch of measures filed, but we know that ours will get on the ballot. And we know that ours will be supported by El Dorado County because we have helped solve the problem.”
If adopted by voters in the November election, the initiative would do a number of things including extending Measure Y through 2025.
Measure Y, which is due to expire in 2018, requires new development to fully fund the cost of improvements to local roads.
The initiative would require new single-family residential subdivision development projects of five or more parcels to not result in, or worsen, Level of Service F (i.e. gridlock) on Highway 50. However certain roads and highways would be exempted until 2025, including sections of Cambridge Road, Cameron Park Drive, Missouri Flat Road, Pleasant Valley Road, U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 49.
The initiative requires that growth be directed into existing Community Regions and requires the county to provide annual reports on traffic levels and efforts to alleviate congestion. Planning for the widening of U.S. Highway 50 or improvements to state facilities would be a priority and coordinated with other agencies. Inconsistencies between the initiative and the General Plan would be remedied by the General Plan being amended to ensure consistency.
Proponents agree the county has traffic issues and thinks Measure Y was needed to fix the roads, which is why his group’s initiative would extend it to 2025. Growth should also stay inside the lines so the county remains rural, he said. “But we’re about smart, intelligent growth,” he said, adding that the county should put more pressure on Caltrans to fix Highway 50 by expanding it. The county should also open its books so the public knows how its road dollars are being spent.