Knighton Road Development in Churn Creek Bottom Referendum, Measure A (June 2012)
The referendum gave the voters of the county an opportunity to weigh in on a development proposal for Knighton Road that was approved by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in August 2011. The development, if voters approve of it going forward, will be handled by the development firm of Hawkins Cos.
A "yes" vote on Measure A would have allowed the proposed development to move ahead. A "no" vote means that the development will not be allowed to go ahead.
Although opponents of the Knighton Road Development were successful with Measure A in stopping the proposed development, their Measure B attempt to "freeze" all development in Churn Creek until 2036 was decisively defeated.
- These final election results are from the Shasta County elections office.
The proposed shopping center development would have gone on what is currently a 92-acre empty lot.
It would have been built by the Hawkins Cos., LLC, a development company based in Boise, Idaho. Jeff Hess, the development company's chief operating officer, indicated that they would spend $130 million on the development and that the development would generate $52 million annually in wages because of the roughly 1,600 permanent jobs it would create. If the development goes ahead, the county is expected to receive about $1.36 million each year from it, in addition to $715,000 for the county's public safety fund.
Path to the ballot
The referendum was on the ballot because county residents who opposed the proposed development collected over 11,000 signatures on petitions to force a vote on the development.
The same residents also qualified an initiative, the Shasta County Freeze on Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom, for the June 5, 2012 ballot.
- Knighton and Churn Creek Commons Retail Center development proposal
- Churn Creek Bottom Homeowner's Association
- Website of Hawkins Cos., LLC
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Editorial: County celebrates direct democracy by exercising it," December 31, 2011
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Churn Creek Bottom: resisting development; more than 11,000 sign petition against shopping center," October 29, 2011
- Record-Searchlight, "Measure of uncertainty: Landowners, potential developers try to sort out consequences of ballot issue," April 26, 2012