Ventura View Protection Ordinance Initiative, Measure B (November 2009)
The question asked on the ballot will be, "Shall an initiative ordinance be adopted to implement general plan objectives, to preserve viewsheds by establishing a 23-member View Resources Board appointed predominantly by VCORD to prepare a View Protection Ordinance (VPO); enact a temporary moratorium on new development approvals exceeding 26 feet in height in specified areas until VPO approval the VPO or allow View Resources Board member(s) to submit VPO initiative to voters?"
Diane Underhill, a spokeswoman for Measure B, gives these reasons for a "yes" vote.
- If voters reject Measure B, "then our sweeping east/west views will be replaced by concrete canyons and visual barricades."
- Existing ordinances do not "prevent incompatibly tall buildings from walling off our views to the surrounding environment."
- "Measure B allows appointed neighborhood representatives from all parts of the city, plus a community representative from the Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Planning Commission and planning staff to reach out to their districts and then write a view-protection ordinance that can be adopted by the council or go to voters."
- The development process in Ventura will be more predictable if Measure B is adopted.
- "If Ventura voters want definitive rules dealing with neighborhood-specific policies to protect public views, then we must use Measure B’s process to amend the general plan to include them. If we do not address this issue now, it will be years before we have a chance to address it again — and by then it will be too late."
- Ballot language of Measure B
- Full text of Measure B
- City attorney's impartial analysis of Measure B
- Arguments in favor of and against Measure B
- Rebuttals to arguments in favor of and against Measure B
- Ventura County Star, "Measure B seeks limit to Ventura structures", October 4, 2009
- Ventura County Star, "Protects city's priceless views, promotes business", October 4, 2009