Shasta County Freeze on Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom, Measure B (June 2012)
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.
In August 2011, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for a commercial development on Knighton Road in Churn Creek Bottom. The motivation to put the zoning freeze on the June 5, 2012 ballot sprang from that decision. That August 11 decision also inspired its opponents to put Measure A on the June 5, 2012 ballot.
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".
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. 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.
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.
The same residents also qualified a veto referendum, the Referendum on Knighton Road Development in Churn Creek Bottom, for the June 5, 2012 ballot.
- Knighton and Churn Creek Commons Retail Center development proposal
- Churn Creek Bottom Homeowner's Association
- Website of Hawkins Cos., LLC
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Editorial: County celebrates direct democracy by exercising it", December 31, 2011
- Record-Searchlight, "Measure of uncertainty: Landowners, potential developers try to sort out consequences of ballot issue", April 26, 2012
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Churn Creek Bottom: resisting development; more than 11,000 sign petition against shopping center", October 29, 2011