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{{tnr}}A '''Fullerton West Coyote Hills Development and Nature Preserve, Measure W''' ballot question is on the {{nov06ca2012}} for voters in the City of Fullerton in {{orange}}.
 
{{tnr}}A '''Fullerton West Coyote Hills Development and Nature Preserve, Measure W''' ballot question is on the {{nov06ca2012}} for voters in the City of Fullerton in {{orange}}.
  
The Fullerton City Council originally approved four ordinances related to the West Coyote Hills property, which is owned by Pacific Coast Homes. One of the ordinances allowed the development of homes on the property to go forward. One of the four ordinances (Ordinance 3169) required the property owner (Pacific Coast Homes) to provide a variety of benefits to the city.
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The Fullerton City Council approved an ordinance (Ordinance 3169) earlier in the year to allow what is known as the "West Coyote Hills" development to move forward.  
  
Measure W is about Ordinance 3169; i.e., about the ordinance that would require the builder to provide certain benefits.  
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A "yes" vote on Measure W is a vote in agreement with the decision of the Fullerton City Council to allow the West Coyote Hills Project. A "no" vote would stop that development.
  
A "yes" vote on Measure W is a vote in agreement with the decision of the Fullerton City Council to require the property owner to provide private funding to the City to be used to restore and preserve the majority of the property as natural open space, and to open and maintain the Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve.
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Pacific Coast Homes is the developer that requested from the city council the right to build the West Coyote Hills Project.
  
A "no" vote would mean the property owner would no longer be required to provide this funding or other benefits to the City .
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The West Coyote Hills project would cover 510 acres of land located west of Euclid Street at the northern edge of Fullerton. This land used to be used for oil drilling. It is adjacent to the Ward Nature Preserve, which is owned by the city. The plans by Pacific Coast Homes for the property involve:
 
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The West Coyote Hills project would cover 510 acres of privately-owned land located west of Euclid Street at the northern edge of Fullerton. This land was once used for oil drilling. It is adjacent to the Ward Nature Preserve, which is owned by the city.  
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Measure W is a vote to require Pacific Coast Homes to provide the following:
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* 760 homes on 180 acres
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* 5 acres of retail development
 
* 283 acres of open space for wildlife habitat, public trails and vista parks
 
* 283 acres of open space for wildlife habitat, public trails and vista parks
 
* A 17 acre multiple use site
 
* A 17 acre multiple use site
 
* Improvements to the nearby 72-acre Ward Nature Preserve
 
* Improvements to the nearby 72-acre Ward Nature Preserve
* $30 million in private funding to the City of Fullerton for library technology and road and trail improvements
 
  
 
==Support==
 
==Support==
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The official voter guide arguments against Measure W were signed by:
 
The official voter guide arguments against Measure W were signed by:
  
* Helen Higgins
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* Helen Higgins, President of the Friends of Coyote Hills
* Greta Nagel
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* Greta Nagel, Director, Museum of Teaching and Learning
* Annik Ramsey
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* Annik Ramsey, Instructor of Anthropology, Fullerton College
* Jane Rands
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* Jane Rands, Engineer and Community Leader
* Ellis Y. Cha
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* Ellis Y. Cha, Chairman, Korean American Association of North Orange County
* Stewart Shanfield
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* Dr. Stewart Shanfield, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon in Fullerton, Fullerton resident
  
 
===Arguments against===
 
===Arguments against===
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==Path to the ballot==
 
==Path to the ballot==
  
Measure W is on the ballot because opponents of the proposed West Coyote Hills Development collected signatures on petitions to overturn the decision of the Fullerton City Council to require the property owner to provide the City of Fullerton with the benefits contained in the ballot label description. This process is known as a [[veto referendum]].
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Measure W is on the ballot because opponents of the proposed West Coyote Hills Development collected signatures on petitions to overturn the decision of the Fullerton City Council to approve the development. This process is known as a [[veto referendum]].
  
The group that led the charge to collect the approximately 40,000 signatures needed to put Measure W on the ballot is called the "Friends of Coyote Hills". The group attempted, but failed, to qualify a referendum overturning the City’s approval of Pacific Coast Homes’ plans to build homes on West Coyote Hills.
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The group that led the charge to collect the approximately 40,000 signatures needed to put Measure W on the ballot is called the "Friends of Coyote Hills".
  
 
==See also==
 
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* [http://www.votenoonw.com/ The "No on W" website]
 
* [http://www.votenoonw.com/ The "No on W" website]
  
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[[Category:Local zoning, land use and development, California, 2012]]

Revision as of 02:11, 30 October 2012

A Fullerton West Coyote Hills Development and Nature Preserve, Measure W ballot question is on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Fullerton in Orange County.

The Fullerton City Council approved an ordinance (Ordinance 3169) earlier in the year to allow what is known as the "West Coyote Hills" development to move forward.

A "yes" vote on Measure W is a vote in agreement with the decision of the Fullerton City Council to allow the West Coyote Hills Project. A "no" vote would stop that development.

Pacific Coast Homes is the developer that requested from the city council the right to build the West Coyote Hills Project.

The West Coyote Hills project would cover 510 acres of land located west of Euclid Street at the northern edge of Fullerton. This land used to be used for oil drilling. It is adjacent to the Ward Nature Preserve, which is owned by the city. The plans by Pacific Coast Homes for the property involve:

  • 760 homes on 180 acres
  • 5 acres of retail development
  • 283 acres of open space for wildlife habitat, public trails and vista parks
  • A 17 acre multiple use site
  • Improvements to the nearby 72-acre Ward Nature Preserve

Support

The "Yes on W" website logo

Supporters

The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure W were signed by:

  • Sean Fitzgerald, Fullerton Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Jim Reed, Former Fullerton Fire Chief
  • Theresa Harvey, President, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce
  • Jack Dean, President, Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers
  • Carolyn Ratzlaff, Teacher of the Year – California Science Teachers Association, Fullerton School District

Arguments in favor

Arguments in favor of Measure W in the official voter guide include:

  • It will allow the opening of the Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve and West Coyote Hills to the public.
  • It will "create Fullerton’s largest Nature Park, nearly three times the size of Craig Park."
  • It will "preserve a majority of privately-owned West Coyote Hills as Natural Open Space with 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, vista points with sweeping views at Fullerton’s highest elevations and a Nature Learning Center for school field trips and family outings."
  • It will be privately funded at no cost to taxpayers.
  • It will create about 2,000 new local jobs and put about $250 million into new economic activity in the area.
  • It will "improve Fire-Fighting Capabilities, Reduce Fire Hazards" by providing "a new water reservoir and fire truck to help the Fire Department fight fires, at no cost to taxpayers, and reduce dangerous fire hazards to neighboring communities."

Opposition

The "No on W" website logo

Opponents

The official voter guide arguments against Measure W were signed by:

  • Helen Higgins, President of the Friends of Coyote Hills
  • Greta Nagel, Director, Museum of Teaching and Learning
  • Annik Ramsey, Instructor of Anthropology, Fullerton College
  • Jane Rands, Engineer and Community Leader
  • Ellis Y. Cha, Chairman, Korean American Association of North Orange County
  • Dr. Stewart Shanfield, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon in Fullerton, Fullerton resident

Arguments against

Arguments against Measure W on the "No on W" website include:

  • "The city forecasted Chevron's development will add 9,300 additional car trips a day to our local streets. No new streets are planned! If you drive on Beach, Imperial, Gilbert, Euclid, Harbor, Bastanchury, Rosecrans, Commonwealth or any streets near those, you will be impacted with more traffic."
  • "This development is so big that Fullerton does not have enough water for it. Fullerton has to purchase water from another city and another water district to address the water shortage. The City acknowledges that this purchase agreement does not guarantee a fixed or minimum water supply and is temporary. When supplies run short or when the agreement ends, there is no guarantee our water bills won’t go up."
  • "More than 1,000 additional students will be added to our schools if Chevron gets its way. No new schools are planned, only budget cuts."
  • "During the 15 years of planned construction, residents will be assaulted by dirt, dust, chemical residue, noise and pollution from Chevron’s development. Our children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to air pollution."
  • "Chevron’s development is a safety hazard for residents. The California Geological Survey declared the hills to be one of the worst potential earthquake hazards in California."

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure W: "Shall Ordinance No. 3169, entitled "An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Fullerton, California, Approving a Development Agreement Between Pacific Coast Homes and the City of Fullerton Pursuant to California Government Code Sections 65864 Through 65869.5 or Property Located at 2701 Rosecrans Avenue That Provides Public Benefits to the City of Fullerton, Including Dedication of Approximately 283 Acres of Open Space, Endowment for Habitat Management, Support Grant for Perpetual Maintenance of Recreation Facilities and Other Benefits in Exchange for Granting the Property Owner a Vested Right to Build the Project in Accordance with Approved Plans," be adopted?"[1]

Path to the ballot

Measure W is on the ballot because opponents of the proposed West Coyote Hills Development collected signatures on petitions to overturn the decision of the Fullerton City Council to approve the development. This process is known as a veto referendum.

The group that led the charge to collect the approximately 40,000 signatures needed to put Measure W on the ballot is called the "Friends of Coyote Hills".

See also

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