Detailed Analysis of Measures E and G Available Online

by Placerville Newswire / May 24, 2016 / comments

The vote-by-mail ballot information has now been delivered. The section describing the different initiatives is an unfortunate abbreviation of the total county impartial analysis of the possible impacts of Measure E and G. If voters are confused by the convoluted verbiage of these two ballot measures, they would be wise to go to the county website (edcgov.us) and click on Current Topics at the bottom left side of the page. Then click on both the Measure E and G tabs. The complete impartial analysis is an eye-opener.

This analysis provides a point-by-point description of the potential impacts of these two misguided ballot measures. Even a cursory reading highlights what the report calls “variables unknown at this time.” Do you really want to vote for unknowns? It is important not to mistake my opposition to Measure E and G as support for large developments. I oppose both the poorly written initiatives and developments that would make major changes to the General Plan.

There are a litany of consequences associated with Measure E and run the gamut from impeding creating new higher paying jobs to not knowing how the County would be able to comply with State Housing Element requirements. The most onerous consequence would be that any road improvements would have to be made before any discretionary project would even be permitted. How would anyone pay for improvements before they even paid for a permit? What if the permit was denied — after paying for improvements now not necessary?

Measure G starts right off with a requirement that is actually against the law. There are two considerations in planning, first the underlying land use of a property, then the zoning associated with it. Measure G has the tail wag the dog — land use would have to change to match old zoning. That is not how it works and shows a profound misunderstanding of land use and zoning laws. The analysis goes on to question the “constitutional limitations” of the measure’s proposals. If passed, the county could be fighting the legal challenges for years, to the tune of who knows how many hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars?

I ask two things of the reader. First look at the full analysis, then vote no on Measures E and G.

MARYANN ARGYRES, Camino

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS:

Measure E – commonly referred to as – “Reinstate Measure Y’s Original Intent – No More Paper Roads”

Click here for Report on Measure E 

Measure G – commonly referred to as – "Retain El Dorado County’s current Zoning and Rural Assets”

Click here for Report on Measure G