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JOURNAL ENDORSES MEASURE E
By SYVJ Staff
Journal endorses measure
Vote YES on Buellton’s Measure E, the citizens’ Urban Growth Boundary initiative.
The Santa Ynez Valley Journal heartily supports this citizen-led effort that allows the residents to decide when Buellton should grow beyond its current city limits.
Measure E, the Buellton Urban Growth Boundary initiative, would require a majority vote of the citizens before the city can change the city limits. The General Plan is the city’s blueprint for growth. It has determined that the existing city limits meet Buellton’s needs through 2025.
Measure E says that if the city wants to change that part of the General Plan, the citizens have a decisive role to play.
Measure E would ensure that proposals to grow outward are debated in an open forum and citizens have a major voice in determining the character of their community.
More than two dozen California cities have adopted voter-approved Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs) like Measure E. These UGBs have reduced urban sprawl into agricultural lands and focused development within city boundaries. They encourage downtown redevelopment and more pedestrian-friendly communities. They also help maintain property values and keep municipal costs lower than they otherwise would be.
Third District Supervisor candidate Steve Pappas has called Measure E “a welcomed demonstration of true democracy.” Doreen Farr, another 3rd District Supervisor candidate, also supports the initiative. Farr has stated that she supports this effort “to keep the small-town character of the city.” All six of the candidates running for the two open seats on the Buellton City Council have expressed support for Measure E. Buellton voters are to be commended for stepping up to take an active role in determining their city’s future.
The Journal endorses Measure E.