Shasta County Freeze on Zoning in Churn Creek Bottom, Measure B (June 2012)

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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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