‘Control Growth’ initiative misunderstood

By From page A5 | April 02, 2014


In her letter to the editor, Ellen Van Dyke is just plain wrong. The “Control Growth, Fix Our Local Roads” initiative does not help or hurt any specific project in El Dorado County. It leaves project approval up to the Board of Supervisors, but sets solid criteria to keep El Dorado County rural.

Measure Y, which was enacted in 1998 and extended in 2004, will sunset in four years, and this initiative is critical to keeping its protections in place so development cannot run rampant. It requires any new development to pay the full cost of traffic improvements, says that any new development should be in community region boundaries to protect rural lands and holds the county accountable to residents for fixing local roads.

There is nothing in it to help or hurt specific development projects. It sets a framework for the county to evaluate all of its future decisions — and requires the county to better plan and maintain local roads.

El Dorado Hills

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