presents
Voter’s Edge California
Conozca la información antes de votar.
Presentado por
MapLight
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
KPCC's My Ballot@KPCC
November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
Condado

San Diego County
Measure B Initiative from the People - Majority Approval Required

To learn more about measures, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.

Resultados electorales

Failing

422,322 votos si (36.46%)

735,894 votos no (63.54%)

Shall this Initiative be adopted for the purpose of amending the County General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Code of Regulatory Ordinances and approving the Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan ("Plan")? The Plan provides for the development of a 608-acre master-planned community including 1,746 dwelling units, three commercial centers, a public park, 10 private parks and 16 miles of trails. The project site is generally located north of Escondido and east of I-15 in the unincorporated area of North San Diego County.

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Pros y Contras — Explicación objetiva con argumentos a favor y en contra

Fuente: League of Women Voters San Diego and North County San Diego Chapters

La propuesta

What it would do

 

If adopted, this initiative would approve the Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan. The Plan provides for the development of a 608 acre master planned community including 1,746 dwelling units, three commercial centers, a public park, 10 private parks and 16 miles of trails. The project site is generally located north of Escondido and east of I-15 in the unincorporated area of North San Diego County.

Sus partidarios dicen

  • The project would provide housing to the North County area, helping to alleviate the regional shortfall of housing as well as provide supporting commercial and public facilities.

  • Lilac Hills is designed to be a green community. Residential and commercial design will incorporate solar, recycled water, rain water harvesting, onsite composting, green building practices and sustainable housing components.

  • The Lilac Hills Master Plan envisions compact, walkable villages, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as compared to a Business As Usual approach based on the current zoning of 110 housing units on the 608 acre site.   

Sus oponentes dicen

  • The Lilac Hills plan is inconsistent with the County General Plan because it is not adjacent to an existing community or existing infrastructure and would result in significantly higher Vehicle Miles Traveled, thereby contributing to urban sprawl.

  • The site is not served by public transit and SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan does not propose extending transit service to this location for the next 30 years. This development in and of itself will not produce enough demand to justify public transit service to the area.
  • The location of the project is counter to the General Plan’s guiding principle of preserving agriculture as an integral component of the regional economy, character and open space network.
  • The project does not meet the required 5 minute fire and emergency response time. And, the initiative does not include a new fire station which would have been required by the Planning Commission and County staff. 
  • The project will generate a projected 19,000 trips daily, contributing to further traffic congestion on freeways and major county roads. However, the initiative does not provide sufficient funding for improvements to freeways and major county roads to address the impacts. And, it removes critical road and intersection improvements which County staff and the County Planning Commission required when the project was reviewed by them. 
  • Lilac Hills sets a terrible precedent because it would encourage other developers to also attempt to qualify their projects for an initiative, thereby bypassing the normal public approval process of the project on its merits including the environmental review process.   

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

“Yes” is a vote to adopt this measure. 

Un voto por el NO significa

“No” is a vote to deny this measure. 

Antecedentes

San Diego County Counsel

The measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

San Diego County Counsel

COUNTY COUNSEL IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

This measure would amend the County General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Code of Regulatory Ordinances and adopt the Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan for the development of a 608-acre master-planned community (“the project”) located east of I-15, south and west of West Lilac Road, north of Mountain Ridge Road and west of Covey Lane in the unincorporated area of North San Diego County. Much of the project site is currently used for agricultural operations, and the surrounding area has low-density residential and agricultural uses. Under the current General Plan designation, up to 110 homes could be developed on the project site; no commercial uses are allowed. The measure is exempt from the normal environmental review process.

The measure allows development of a new community including 1,746 dwelling units (903 singlefamily detached units, 164 single-family attached units, 211 mixed-use units, 468 single-family detached senior citizen units), and three commercial mixed-use centers totaling 90,000 square feet of space.

This measure would require amendments to the County General Plan including: (a) changing the project site’s land use designation from semi-rural to village; (b) exempting the project from the leapfrog development restrictions; (c) exempting the project from policies to protect agriculture and to maintain the existing rural life style; (d) exempting the project from the usual methodology for determining the maximum amount of time allowed for the fire agency to get to the project site and applying a separate methodology for the project.

The measure requires the project to include 25.6 acres of parks, including a 13.5-acre public park, 10 private parks, and 16 miles of trails. Approximately 104.1 acres would be preserved on site as biological open space, 23.8 acres of which would be in active agriculture.

This measure states its intent to provide a sustainable community that will introduce a variety of housing types across a range of affordability levels and create employment, retail and service opportunities in San Diego County. 

The measure further states its intent to require all necessary public facilities and services to meet the needs of the community. The measure requires recreational facilities, a potential school site, an internal private road system, storm drain system, underground utilities, water lines, a site for a water reclamation facility and related distribution system, detention basins and wet weather storage ponds. It would also amend County Ordinances to apply the standards included in the project for improving public and private roads if those standards conflict with the usual County standards.

The measure incorporates design features and policies based on the National Green Building Standards.

The measure may be amended by a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors, based on a proposal submitted by the Lilac Hills Ranch applicant or the County, or a vote of the people. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE B

San Diego County faces a critical housing shortage, resulting in higher housing costs and pressure to build more homes in existing communities.

Measure B authorizes development of Lilac Hills Ranch, a pedestrian-oriented village in North County that includes housing priced to start at $300,000 – within reach of most working families and first-time home buyers – to address the County’s housing crisis and reduce development pressures near your neighborhood.

SANDAG calculated Lilac Hills Ranch reduces local traffic by giving existing residents nearby shopping, parks and a school, eliminating lengthy trips now required for these services. It also provides an alternative to lengthy commutes to San Diego employment centers from housing in southern Riverside County.

  • Measure B requires strict energy and water-efficient green building standards and a water reclamation facility that will reduce water consumption of the completed project compared to current use of the property.
  • Measure B requires the developer to provide a 13.5-acre public park and ten neighborhood parks, 23.8 acres of agriculture, 20.3 acres of open space with 18.3 acres maintained as orchards, preservation of 104 acres of biological open space, creation of 6 acres of wetland habitat, and a 16-mile trail network connected to County regional trails.
  • Measure B requires the developer – not the taxpayers – to pay for these facilities.

In addition, the developer is required to pay for a K-8 school to serve the project and nearby residents.

Lilac Hills Ranch conforms to the vision and guiding principles of the County’s General Plan, complies with fire safety standards of the local Fire Protection District, and significantly improves existing roads near the project.

Lilac Hills Ranch was thoroughly reviewed for over three years by the County’s Planning Department, including two comprehensive Environmental Impact Reports.

Housing advocates, local residents, business leaders and taxpayers urge you to vote Yes on Measure B.

www.YesForBetter.com

/s/

HOWARD WINDSOR
Former CALFIRE Unit Chief for San Diego and San Diego County Fire Chief, Retired

LOU RIDDLE
President, Bonsall Unified School District Board of Trustees

ALAN NEVIN 
Director of Economic Research, Xpera Group

MARY SALAS
Mayor, City of Chula Vista

JERRY SANDERS
President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE B

VOTE NO ON MEASURE B.

Measure B is a developer attempt to build 1,746 houses and 90,000 square feet of retail space in a critical agricultural area where only 110 homes and no retail uses are allowed by law (a 1,487% density increase). An impartial County report demonstrates that Measure B exempts crucial fire safety and road improvements. Instead of keeping residents and their children safe, Measure B may require county taxpayers to pay for the improvements. The facts in the County report show that:

1. MEASURE B won’t meet the required 5-minute fire and emergency response time to protect the public and save lives. And, the developer chose not to construct an essential new fire station.

2. MEASURE B will create 19,428 car trips daily. And, MEASURE B doesn’t pay for all improvements to freeways or county roads. It will take far more than the developer’s proposed $5 million to fix the shortfall. It also removes critical road and intersection improvements the County required, creating unsafe road conditions for which county taxpayers will be liable.

MEASURE B will exacerbate urban sprawl, which is inconsistent with the County General Plan.

MEASURE B supporters claim it would provide affordable housing for low income families and veterans. NOT ONE WORD OF MEASURE B MENTIONS AFFORDABLE HOUSING. If Measure B is approved, there is no enforceable requirement to provide affordable housing.

MEASURE B is a deceptive sweetheart deal for the developer at the expense of all San Diego County residents.

Don’t be fooled.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE B.

/s/

PAM SLATER-PRICE
San Diego County Supervisor District 3 1992-2013

JEANNE BROWN
President, League of Women Voters, San Diego Chapter

DR. LOU OBERMEYER
Retired Superintendent, Valley Center/Pauma Unified School District

VICTOR REED
Retired Escondido City Fire Chief

MARTHA COX
President-SD League of Women Voters, North County SD

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE B

Measure B is an end-run around environmental and safety laws designed to protect all San Diegans. Lilac Hills Ranch is inconsistent with the County General Plan. The County Board of Supervisors has not voted to approve the Project. The County’s own analysis of Measure B shows it is bad for the region.

Measure B Will Worsen Regional Traffic

  • Lilac Hills Ranch will add more than 19,000 daily car trips to local roads and highways.
  • Taxpayers may foot the bill for any remaining traffic problems caused by this project. Needed improvements may cost taxpayers more than $1.005 billion.

Measure B Won’t Increase Affordable Housing Supplies

San Diego County has an affordable housing shortage.

  • Nothing in Measure B requires affordable housing at Lilac Hills Ranch.
  • According to the developer, Lilac Hills single family detached homes will start at more than $500,000.
  • Lilac Hills residents will face HOA as well as Mello-Roos fees for essential services, further driving up home costs.
  • Measure B will not reduce the cost of housing in the county.

Measure B Adds to Taxpayer Burden

  • Measure B allows a developer to skirt county requirements to provide water, sewer, fire, and road improvements for more than 1,700 new homes on land that is zoned to support 110 homes.
  • The project increases fire and safety risks.
  • Taxpayers will be forced to make up for the shortfall in the developer’s investment in public services.

Measure B is a bad deal for San Diegans. 
VOTE NO ON MEASURE B

/s/

PAM SLATER-PRICE
San Diego County Supervisor
District 3 1992-2013

DR. LOU OBERMEYER
Retired Superintendent, Valley Center/Pauma Unified School District

VICTOR REED
Retired Escondido City Fire Chief

DIANE BARLOW COOMBS
San Diegans for Managed Growth

PAT ZAHAROPOULOS
President – CEO Middle Class Taxpayers

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE B

A small group of NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) seeks to block this environmentally-friendly way to address our County’s worsening housing crisis.

Sitting in their million dollar homes, opponents couldn’t care less if you, your children or grandchildren can’t afford to stay in San Diego County to raise a family.

Opponents misrepresent and distort the facts about one of the best-designed master-planned communities in our County’s history. Here are the facts:

  • Lilac Hills Ranch is adjacent to a 24/7-staffed fire station. Its fire safety plan was approved by the local fire protection district. It will be one of the most fire safe projects in the County.
  • Measure B will result in reduced traffic on area roads, providing nearby commercial and other services which now require lengthy car trips. It requires the developer to pay for over $14 million in fees and upgrades to area roads. Additionally, the developer made a legally binding $2 million commitment for additional upgrades so area roads will be safer than they are now.
  • The developer made a legally binding commitment to the local school district to provide a turnkey K-8 school to serve project residents and neighboring families.
  • Measure B is consistent with the vision and goals of the County General Plan to provide sustainable, pedestrian-friendly villages near major transportation corridors to meet the region’s housing needs.

Please don’t be misled by opponents. Measure B is a well-planned, environmentally-friendly way to help address our region’s housing crisis.

www.YesForBetter.com

/s/

HOWARD WINDSOR
Former CALFIRE Unit Chief for San Diego and San Diego County Fire Chief, Retired 

LOU RIDDLE
President, Bonsall Unified School District Board of Trustees

ALAN NEVIN
Director of Economic Research, Xpera Group

MARY SALAS
Mayor, City of Chula Vista

JERRY SANDERS
President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

The County Counsel's Impartial Analysis, Official Arguments For and Against, and Official Rebuttals are available in the following PDF:

http://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/proptext/1108_MEAS_B.pdf

Page 2 of the above PDF states:

A copy of the full text of the measure is also available for viewing at the Registrar of Voters website at www.sdvote.com/en/measure-b.pdf. [VOTER'S EDGE NOTE: It takes some time for this 654-page PDF to load.] If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Registrar of Voter’s office at 858-505-7260 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

¿Quién está a favor y en contra de esta iniciativa de ley?

Sí por Measure B

Organizaciónes (1)

Funcionarios electos y designados (1)

No por Measure B

Organizaciónes (2)

Funcionarios electos y designados (0)

Más información

Noticias (24)

La Mesa mayor gets apology over campaign ad — October 28, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
(At a glance) Measure B: Lilac Hills Ranch — October 23, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
Measure B Is About More Than One Development — September 19, 2016 Voice of San Diego
Lilac Hills Opponents & Proponents of Measure B Weigh in on Court Ruling — September 16, 2016 Valley Center Happenings
Judge Orders Wording Changes in Lilac Hills Ballot Arguments — September 14, 2016 Times of San Diego
Judge orders ballot changes for Measure B — September 13, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
Lilac Hills argument challenged — September 6, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
Lilac Hills developer plans pre-election media campaign — September 1, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
Lilac Hils [sic] Ranch on Nov. 8 ballot — August 5, 2016 The Coast News Group
The New School Question Facing Lilac Hills Ranch — July 28, 2016 Voice of San Diego
Lilac Hills: Ballot battle looms — July 21, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune

Información del contacto

Información del contacto de la campaña por el sí Measure B
Lilac Hills Ranch (Accretive Investments, Inc.)
Contact Name:

Cassandra Costa

Email Cassandra@LilacHillsRanch.com
Phone: 858-546-0700
San Diegans for Housing & Jobs (major funding by Lilac Hills Ranch Investment Co.)
Información del contacto de la campaña por el no Measure B
Citizens Opposed to Lilac Hills Ranch
Email admin@saveoursdcountryside.org
Use tabs to select your choice. Use return to create a choice. You can access your list by navigating to 'My List'.

Comparta este sitio para ayudar a otras personas a investigar sus opciones para las votaciones.

PUBLISHING:PRODUCTION SERVER:PRODUCTION