MEASURE C - is a voter-designed initiative on the June 5 ballot. It is based on good intentions. With voter approval, it will set into place immediately a provision for watercourse buffers in which trees cannot be cut - which in some cases is duplicative of what already exists, and in other cases increases the area where trees cannot be cut. Measure C will also establish a policy regarding oak woodland removal for agricultural purposes that may not occur for several years.
Diane wants to hear from the voters on these important policy decisions; she has no recommendation on Measure C. For fuller thoughts from Diane on this important policy initiative, please click here for ISSUE: MEASURE C.
For more information regarding these two changes to the County’s existing regulatory system on agricultural watershed (AW) zoned lands (our hillsides), click here.
TRAFFIC - the Board of Supervisors currently is responding to the concerns about cumulative effect of traffic growth in the County by revising our Circulation Plan in the General Element. It was written in 2008 as a projection to serve the County for at least 10-15 years, and was based on 2007 data (as general plans are typically written).
Diane and her colleagues realized in early 2014 that it needed updating sooner. There have been a lot of bumps in the road because of major disasters within the County and changing state law - but the first draft of the revised plan is finally coming to the planning commission within the next month; it’s based on 2016 data. Click here for more information.MEASURE D - is another voter-designed initiative on the May 5th ballot. As a current supervisor, I am, of necessity, neutral on Measure D. All the sitting Supervisors need to be careful about uttering an opinion because of a quasi-judicial appeal of a helipad permit denial that is scheduled to come before us in July. If we display bias towards or against private-use helipads prior to that hearing, we could be disqualified from voting on the matter. That said, I supported the existing 2004 regulations banning private helicopter use.