City of Goleta Voter Approval Required for Agricultural Land Decisions, Measure G (November 2012)
If Measure G is approved, the city's General Plan will be amended to require that for the next twenty years, any proposed changes in the city's policies regarding "certain land 10 acres or more currently designated as Agriculture" must be voted on by the city's voters, rather than just the city council.
According to its supporters, Measure G would only apply to "the six remaining parcels of ten acres or more" located in Goleta. The six parcels are:
- The Bishop Ranch
- Two properties immediately to the east and west f the Bishop Ranch that are zoned agricultural at present
- Fairview Gardens
- A parcel in Ellwood Canyon
- A parcel west of Glen Annie Golf Course.
A simple majority vote was required for approval.
Bob Wignot is a spokesperson for the organization that petitioned to place Measure G on the ballot. He says, "Goleta started as fields filled with lemons and walnuts. It has ripened into a beautiful and prosperous city, with a wonderful mix of urban and agricultural uses. We want to ensure that Goleta’s few remaining agricultural parcels are not rezoned without the full and direct involvement of Goleta’s residents."
Wignot also says, "In September 2011, the Goleta City Council unanimously denied a developer’s request to change Bishop Ranch agricultural zoning to mixed use residential and commercial. The initiative introduced today builds on the leadership our Council members showed in upholding the Goleta General Plan’s objective to preserve agricultural lands."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure G: "Should the City of Goleta General Plan be amended to require that for the next twenty years any changes to specified policies and designation of certain land 10 acres or more currently designated as Agriculture be required to be approved by the voters as well as the City Council, subject to certain limited exceptions?"|
Path to the ballot
Measure G is on the ballot as an initiated city ordinance. The Goodland Coalition launched the petition drive to collect the signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot. About 1,600 signatures were required.
- Website of the City of Goleta
- Goleta Agricultural Land Protection Initiative website (in favor of a "yes" vote)