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Sonoma County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure O
Urban Growth Boundary Extension
City of Santa Rosa

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 32,487 / 67.1% Yes votes ...... 15,928 / 32.9% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (64/64)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall the voters of the City of Santa Rosa adopt an ordinance amending section 17-28.010 of the Santa Rosa City Code to extend Santa Rosa's Urban Growth Boundary ordinance until December 31, 2035?

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
In 1996, the voters of Santa Rosa approved "Measure G-Santa Rosa Urban Growth Boundaries" which approved an ordinance to restrict changes to the City's urban growth boundary, as depicted in the 1996 General Plan Specific Urban Boundary Graphic, to twenty year intervals as part of a General Plan Update subject to certain limited exceptions which required a two-thirds vote of the council. The twenty year period established under the ordinance would expire in 2016. The ordinance further provided that it could not be amended or repealed except by a vote of the electors of the City of Santa Rosa at a regularly scheduled general election or at a special election called for that purpose.

The Urban Growth Boundary limits the area which can be developed beyond the current city limits.

On November 3, 2009, the City Council adopted the 2035 General Plan update which incorporated the same Urban Growth Boundary as depicted in the 1996 General Plan Update. Measure O, if approved by a majority of the voters, would extend the term of the previously approved Urban Growth Boundary as depicted in the 2035 General Plan Specific Urban Growth Boundary Graphic to 2035 in order to be consistent with the term of the General Plan. The only proposed changes to the Urban Boundary ordinance ( Section 17-28.010 of the Santa Rosa City Code) are to extend the term and related text changes necessary to the ordinance as a result of that change and as a result of expiration of the 2010 prohibition on the development of the 453 acre site in the southeast quadrant of Santa Rosa.

The ordinance retains the same exceptions to allow changes to the Urban Growth Boundary by a two thirds vote of the council that were contained in the original ordinance approved in 1996.

A copy of the complete text of the proposed ordinance and the graphic depicting the Urban Growth Boundary are contained in the ballot materials.

If adopted, this ordinance could not be changed except by a further vote of the City's voters. If not adopted, existing Section 17-28.010 would remain in effect.

s/ Caroline L. Fowler City Attorney

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Arguments For Measure O
Vote "Yes" on Measure O to renew our Urban Growth Boundary and help preserve Santa Rosa's quality of life. Measure O will protect the important farmland, ranches, and water resources that surround our City.

Voters established Santa Rosa's Urban Growth Boundary in 1996. The Urban Growth Boundary is one of the best tools to limit urban sprawl and protect open space. Measure O will re-authorize the boundary through 2035. Vote "Yes" on Measure O to keep the current Urban Growth Boundary in place.

In Santa Rosa, this policy has effectively preserved agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and fragile ecosystems that would otherwise be at risk for development. We can't afford to have costly sprawl pave over Santa Rosa's landscapes and lose the benefits these lands provide, including local food, clean drinking water and amazing views. Measure O protects these lands for the future.

Measure O saves the City of Santa Rosa money in several ways. It will ensure that growth occurs inside the boundary line, where utilities and city services are most economically maintained. It also saves the City from additional consulting fees by making use of the recently approved General Plan studies.

Measure O is about stopping future sprawl. Santa Rosa doesn't need to expand outward; there is enough land within the Urban Boundary to accommodate our growth through at least 2035. Measure O does not change Santa Rosa's growth management or its affordable housing policies. With Measure O, only the voters can approve significant changes to the Urban Growth Boundary.

Measure O is about preserving open space and stopping future sprawl. We, the voters, should decide how our City grows. Measure O gives us that power. Please join us and vote "Yes" on Measure O.

s/ Susan Gorin Mayor, City of Santa Rosa
s/ Steve Rabinowitsh Former City Council Member
s/ Janet Condron Former Mayor

s/ Bill Kortum, President Emeritus
s/ Kenneth R. Blackman

(No arguments against Measure O were submitted)

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