On April 3 an intention to circulate a petition in Placerville to amend the city’s General Plan was filed by Friends of Historic Hangtown. The stated purpose of the petition is to create an ordinance to prohibit the construction of roundabouts, traffic circles and other similar traffic features anywhere in the city limits, unless such project is approved by popular vote.
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“In 2011, the Friends of Historic Hangtown successfully sought legal redress to halt the Clay Street-Cedar Ravine Realignment and Clay Street Bridge at Hangtown Creek Replacement Project, which included a roundabout. Objections to the Clay Street Realignment Project included the negative impacts on historical resources, parking, pedestrian safety, area businesses and the farmer’s market. Despite significant opposition, the City Council continues to move forward with the Clay Street Realignment Project. Because the City Council has been unwilling to respond to the concerns and objections expressed by the public in regards to the Clay Street Realignment Project, this initiative will require all such roundabout projects to have voter approval,” stated the Friends of Historic Hangtown press release.
Copies of the petition will be mailed to all registered voters who voted in the last gubernatorial election. In order to be on the November ballot, the petition must be signed by at least 10 percent of the registered voters, 15 percent of the voters in order to be placed on a special election ballot. The deadline for the petition is May 12.