In a surprise announcement last Wednesday, Joshua Wood, executive director of Region Builders, notified the Mountain Democrat that it was withdrawing its support from the ballot measure it sponsored.
In a written statement from Wood, he said, “Region Builders sponsored Control Growth to Fix Our Local Roads Committee has decided to close down and withdraw our support of our own measure which we qualified for the ballot. Region Builders has also chosen to pass on our opportunity to submit a ballot statement in favor of our measure.”
Wood went on to say that, “While our polling showed our measure conceptually enjoyed voter support, we have come to believe that there are other options which benefit the commercial building industry and protecting the rural way of life in El Dorado County. We are in the process of reviewing the other measures which have qualified for the ballot this November. We currently have not taken a position on those measures (for or against). Within the next few days we will make a determination on whether or not we will oppose or support the other qualified measures. At that time we will make an announcement.”
Previously the measure qualified for the November election and will still be on the ballot.
Wood said despite pulling its support for the measure, the Region Builders PAC will participate in campaigns to fill the three spots on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, although Woods said that would not be their primary focus. Instead it would be on coalition building, although Woods declined to give any further details.
The Region Builders measure proposed to extend Measure Y through 2025. Measure Y, which is due to expire in 2018, requires new development to fully fund the cost of improvements to local roads.
It would also require new single-family residential subdivision development projects of five or more parcels to not result in, or worsen, gridlock on Highway 50. However, certain roads and highways would be exempted until 2025, including sections of Cambridge Road, Cameron Park Drive, Missouri Flat Road, Pleasant Valley Road, U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 49.
Instead the measure would direct growth into existing Community Regions. Planning for the widening of U.S. Highway 50 or improvements to state facilities would be a priority and coordinated with other agencies. Inconsistencies between the initiative and the General Plan would be remedied by the General Plan being amended to ensure consistency.
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