San Ramon Urban Growth Boundary, Measure W (November 2010)
The ballot measure asks voters to approve an update to the citiy's 2030 General Plan. The 2030 General Plan is the city's land-use planning guide. The proposed update to the plan would include a provision extending the city's urban growth boundary to 1,600 acres of agricultural open space in the Tassajara Valley.
Some environmental groups oppose extending the urban growth boundary. Extending the boundary would mean that urban development could occur on land where it is currently prohibited.
Supporters of Measure W say it places control of the valley into the hands of San Ramon residents instead of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
The group "San Ramon Residents Opposed to Measure W" raised $78,932 in cash contributions through October 16.
Opponents of Measure W fear that expansion could bring about a development situation similar to that found in the Dougherty Valley.
The editorial board of the Contra Costa Times urges a "no" vote on Measure W, saying, "In sum, voters should reject Measure W for three reasons: The proposed expansions of the growth boundaries are horrible policy. The proposed general plan changes near the freeway are premature. And the two issues should have never been tied together in one ballot measure."
The question on the ballot:
|General Plan 2030. To plan for the future, shall an ordinance be adopted to: approve General Plan 2030; extend Ordinance 197 policies and procedures to 2015 to protect ridgelines, creeks, and open space; expand the Ridgeline Creek Protection Zone map; and extend the Urban Growth Boundary to enhance local control while preserving our quality of life?|
- Contra Costa Times, "San Ramon to decide rebuttal arguments to urban growth boundary measure", July 26, 2010
- Contra Costa Times, "San Ramon moves forward with growth measure", July 28, 2010
- San Ramon Patch, "Candidate Q&A's, Ballot Measures and Voter Guides", September 7, 2010
- Danville Patch, "Measure W Opponents Out-Raise Supporters", October 23, 2010
- Contra Costa Times, "Vote no on Measure W in San Ramon", September 24, 2010