Redwood City Cargill Salt Works Development, Measures V and W (November 2008)
The ballot measures, Measure V and Measure W, were both defeated.
Both measures were inspired by a proposed real estate development by Cargill of the salt flats east of Highway 101. However, each measure would have made changes to the approval process for any new proposed real estate development in the city.
Measure W was sponsored by an environmentalist organization, "Save the Bay." If Measure W had been approved, it would have:
- Required that all development on open space be approved by Redwood City voters with a two-thirds majority.
- Changed the city’s charter by requiring all open space development changes go to a vote of the people.
- These changes would have affected 40 parcels of land in two zoning districts, the tidal plain and the Redwood Shores Bayfront, all city parks and the uses of five privately held areas of land: Cargill salt ponds; Docktown Marina; marsh land south of Galveston Drive, adjacent to Redwood Creek; wetland area of the Preserve at Redwood Shores; and Oracle’s parcel along Belmont slough.
Measure V was unanimously voted onto the ballot by the city council of Redwood City. If it had been approved, it would have required that any development of the Cargill Salt Works be approved by voters with a simple majority vote.
The main difference between Measure V and Measure W was whether a proposed new development would require a simple majority vote of the public or a 2/3rds supermajority vote of the public. Since Measure V and Measure W were both defeated, the city council itself retained the ability to approve developments without the development having to go to a vote of the public.
- These final, certified, results are from the San Mateo County elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure V: Shall a Charter Amendment requiring majority voter approval for future development of the Cargill Lands, consisting of approximately 1,450 acres east of Highway 101 and south of Seaport Boulevard, with exemptions for takings and vested rights, be adopted?|
The question on the ballot:
|Measure W: Shall a Charter Amendment requiring two-thirds voter ratification of legislative acts approving certain land uses in area of the City designated as "Park," "Unimproved Areas (Land or Water)," "Future Development Expanding Limits of Urbanization," "Controlled Waterways (Redwood Shores Area)," or "San Francisco Bay Water" in the General Plan or designated as "Tidal Plain" or "Redwood Shores Bay Front" in the Zoning Code, with exemptions for housing obligations, takings, and vested rights, be adopted?|
- The Daily Journal, August 5, 2008
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.