Merced County Voter Confirmation of Zoning Changes, Measure C (November 2010)
Measure C was placed on the ballot via the initiative process and was originally known as the Save Farmland Initiative. It is regarded as a "slow growth" plan. It would require a public vote whenever 10 or more acres change from agricultural or open space to residential use.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors voted to put a competing measure, Measure D, on the same ballot. Measure D would exempt 2,437 acres in the county from Measure C's provisions.
Supporters include the Merced County Farm Bureau.
The Merced chapter of California Women for Agriculture originally supported the Save Farmland Initiative (Measure C) and contributed $1,000 to the effort to qualify the measure for the ballot, but in August, the organization withdrew its support of the measure.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure C: Shall the ordinance, which would amend the County’s General Plan to require a confirming vote of the County electorate when the Board of Supervisors approves conversion of agricultural land to residential use, be adopted?|
- Merced Citizens’ Right to Vote on Expansion of Residential Areas Initiative, Measure D (November 2010)
- Text of Measure C (scroll to p. 7)
- Merced Sun Star, "Farming groups split on backing sprawl initiative on November ballot", August 27, 2010