Solano County General Plan Amendment, Measure T (November 2008)
On August 5, 2008, the Solano County Board of Supervisors introduced and adopted Ordinance #2008-01. This placed Measure T on the November 4 ballot. Measure T was an amendment to Solano County's 1994 Orderly Growth Initiative that updated certain provisions of the Solano County General Plan relating to agriculture and open space policies and land use designations, and extended the amended initiative until December 31, 2028.
- Election results from the Solano County election office]
The question on the ballot:
|Measure O: "Measure T readopts the orderly growth initiative's current city centered development policy of locating residential growth in the county's seven cities, not in the unincorporated areas. The measure also maintains the strict limit on the board of supervisors' ability to change the designation of "agriculture" or "open space."|
Effect of Measure T
According to the Solano County Board of Supervisors, Measure T would:
- Maintain the current development strategy of city-centered growth;
- Retain the overall function of the Orderly Growth Initiative, while updating and refining the Initiative’s policies and land use designations;
- Protect and support agriculture as an important component of Solano County’s economy and quality of life;
- Provide an opportunity for farm-based, businesses, such as wineries, to develop successfully within Solano County;
- Encourage the location of need new industrial and agricultural processing facilities;
- Sustain and enhance Solano County’s natural environment, including its diverse species, watersheds, natural communities, and wildlife corridors;
- Ensure sufficient opportunities for residential, commercial, and industrial development within areas served by the cities, in order to provide all Solano County’s residents with a vibrant economy and affordable housing options;
- Protect the health, safety, and welfare of Solano County’s residents by avoiding more air pollution, water pollution, water shortages, traffic congestion, noise and other adverse environmental impacts from urban sprawl;
- Prevent costly and inefficient extensions of urban services and infrastructure to rural areas of the County;
- Permit Solano County to continue to bear its fair share of regional growth and provide safe, decent affordable places for people to live in our cities;
- Prevent piecemeal amendments of the Solano County General Plan that would allow development on agricultural and open space lands;
- Help increase our supply of good jobs by encouraging job development in our growing agriculturally-based industries; and
- Allow the County to update and amend its General Plan periodically as necessary to comply with State law and changing conditions, while requiring that
any such amendments be consistent with the cornerstone policies of citycentered growth and protection of farmlands and open space.
Solano County's land use plans
The Solano County Board of Supervisors adopted a General Plan Land Use and Circulation Element that established a development policy of citycentered growth. Under the 1980 General Plan, urban development was to be confined to patterns that did not conflict with essential agricultural lands, while rural and suburban development was to be confined to non-essential marginal agricultural lands. The 1980 General Plan was intended to provide policy guidance for shaping growth and development within the unincorporated areas of Solano County, and for protecting its agricultural and natural resources, until the year 1995.
Proposition A, an initiative measure passed by the voters of Solano County in June 1984, reaffirmed the General Plan’s cornerstone policies of city-centered growth and farmland protection, and imposed strict limitations on the County Board of Supervisor’s ability to allow new residential, commercial, or industrial development in agricultural and open-space areas. Proposition A was a limited-term measure that was to expire in December 1995.
In 1994, the voters of Solano County proposed the Orderly Growth Initiative in order to extend the protections of Proposition A until December 31, 2010. In response to broad public support for that proposal, the Solano County Board of Supervisors adopted the Orderly Growth Initiative as its Resolution No. 94-170 on July 26, 1994.
- Measure T results map
- Solano County election results for November 4, 2008
- Solano County's General Plan website
- Full text of Measure T
- Website in favor of Measure T
- Measure T ballot summary