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Knighton Road Development in Churn Creek Bottom Referendum, Measure A (June 2012)

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Proposed location of the contested development
A Referendum on the Proposed Knighton Road Development in Churn Creek Bottom, Measure A was on the June 5, 2012 ballot in Shasta County, where it was overwhelmingly defeated.[1]

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.[2] The development, if voters approve of it going forward, will be handled by the development firm of Hawkins Cos.[1]

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.[3]

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.

Election results

Measure A
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No29,24866.11%
Yes 14,991 33.89%
These final election results are from the Shasta County elections office.

Proposed development

The proposed shopping center development would have gone on what is currently a 92-acre empty lot.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Hess said, "Where you have a significant amount of unemployment, people are going to be happy to have a job." The unemployment rate in Shasta County stands at close to 14%.[2]

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.[1]

The same residents also qualified an initiative, the Shasta County Freeze on Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom, for the June 5, 2012 ballot.

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