Sunday, June 11, 2006

It Could Be Worse

You hear so many complaints from some in the development community about how bad planning and development approval is in Utah. But they could be in California.

According to California Planning & Development Report, a number of "interesting" measures were approved in voting on June 6 in that state. Note the following:

Voters in the City of Santa Paula rejected a proposed 2,155-unit 800-acre housing project. The City Council had approved the project last year, but rescinded that approval and placed the matter on the ballot when opponents pushed a referendum. In April, Santa Paula voters rejected a different housing and country club development proposal elsewhere in town.

In San Francisco, voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have permitted development of nursing homes as conditional uses on land zoned for public use.

Residents of the City of Yorba Linda approved a controversial initiative that requires general plan amendments, rezonings, specific plans and development agreements to be decided by voters. The initiative also establishes a height limit of 35 feet.

Some sanity did reign, however.

City of Apple Valley voters backed a referendum that amends a 1999 ballot measure prohibiting rezonings without voter approval. The new measure gives the City Council the final say on general plan amendments and zoning.

Voters in the City of Morgan Hill repealed a 1987 voter-approved zoning limitation that prohibited grocery stores a the Cochrane Plaza Shopping Center.

And, most notable for its similarity to Oregon's Measure 37, Napa County voters widely rejected the Fair Pay for Public Benefit Act, a property rights initiative that would have required the county to compensate a property owner "who suffers an established decrease in value of that property due to the impact of a new Napa County land use restriction."

Now, what was it about planning and zoning in Utah that was so bad?


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At 10:13 PM, Anonymous All About Santa Paula said...

It sounds like Santa Paula will be developing some of the Limonera property in the next couple years. Most likely after the economy recovers.

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