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{{tnr}}An initiative to '''Freeze Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom''' is on the {{jun05ca2012}} in {{shasta}}.<ref name=redding>[http://www.redding.com/news/2011/dec/31/editorial-county-celebrates-direct-democracy-by/ ''Redding Record Searchlight'', "Editorial: County celebrates direct democracy by exercising it", December 31, 2011]</ref>
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{{tnr}}An initiative to '''Freeze Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom, Measure B''' is on the {{jun05ca2012}} in {{shasta}}.<ref name=redding>[http://www.redding.com/news/2011/dec/31/editorial-county-celebrates-direct-democracy-by/ ''Redding Record Searchlight'', "Editorial: County celebrates direct democracy by exercising it", December 31, 2011]</ref>
  
In August 2011, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for a commercial development on Knighton Road in Churn Creek Bottom.<ref name=aug>[http://www.redding.com/news/2011/oct/29/churn-creek-bottom-resisting-development/ ''Redding Record Searchlight'', "Churn Creek Bottom: resisting development; more than 11,000 sign petition against shopping center", October 29, 2011]</ref> The motivation to put the zoning freeze on the {{jun05ca2012}} sprang from that decision.<ref name=redding/>
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If Measure B is approved, it will freeze the general plan in the Churn Creek Bottom until 2036. This will prevent any commercial development in the area until then.<ref>[http://www.redding.com/news/2012/apr/26/would-measure-b-have-unintended-consequences-for/ ''Record-Searchlight'', "Measure of uncertainty: Landowners, potential developers try to sort out consequences of ballot issue", April 26, 2012]</ref>
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In August 2011, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for a commercial development on Knighton Road in Churn Creek Bottom.<ref name=aug>[http://www.redding.com/news/2011/oct/29/churn-creek-bottom-resisting-development/ ''Redding Record Searchlight'', "Churn Creek Bottom: resisting development; more than 11,000 sign petition against shopping center", October 29, 2011]</ref> The motivation to put the zoning freeze on the {{jun05ca2012}} sprang from that decision.<ref name=redding/> That August 11 decision also inspired its opponents to put [[Knighton Road Development in Churn Creek Bottom Referendum, Measure A (June 2012)|Measure A]] on the {{jun05ca2012}}.
  
 
==Proposed development==
 
==Proposed development==

Revision as of 08:24, 27 April 2012

An initiative to Freeze Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom, Measure B is on the June 5, 2012 ballot in Shasta County.[1]

If Measure B is approved, it will freeze the general plan in the Churn Creek Bottom until 2036. This will prevent any commercial development in the area until then.[2]

In August 2011, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for a commercial development on Knighton Road in Churn Creek Bottom.[3] The motivation to put the zoning freeze on the June 5, 2012 ballot sprang from that decision.[1] That August 11 decision also inspired its opponents to put Measure A on the June 5, 2012 ballot.

Proposed development

The proposed shopping center development would go on what is currently a 92-acre empty lot and would be known as "Knighton and Churn Creek Commons".[3]

It would be built by the Hawkins Cos., LLC, a development company based in Boise, Idaho. Jeff Hess, the development company's chief operating officer, indicated that they would spend $130 million on the development and that the development would generate $52 million annually in wages because of the roughly 1,600 permanent jobs it would create.[3] If the development goes ahead, the county is expected to receive about $1.36 million each year from it, in addition to $715,000 for the county's public safety fund.[3]

Hess said, "Where you have a significant amount of unemployment, people are going to be happy to have a job." The unemployment rate in Shasta County stands at close to 14%.[3]

Path to the ballot

The initiative is on the ballot because county residents who want zoning frozen in Churn Creek Bottom collected over 11,000 signatures on petitions to force a vote on the development.[1]

The same residents also qualified a veto referendum, the Referendum on Knighton Road Development in Churn Creek Bottom, for the June 5, 2012 ballot.

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