California Election Results Reverse Trend on Growth

It's no surprise when voters in the college town of Davis, California, say no to a housing development. But it is a surprise when Modesto says "whoa" to growth, and when development-averse Santa Barbara and Ventura reject new controls.
November 5, 2009, 10am PST | Paul Shigley
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In voting on local land use ballot measures, slow-growth advocates claimed major victories in Davis and in Mendocino County, where shopping center developer DDR spent heavily to pass its own initiative. They also won in Modesto when voters rejected proposals to extend sewer service to 3,000 acres of farm fields.

Meanwhile, slow-growth advocates suffered unusual setbacks in Santa Barbara and Ventura, coastal cities with a history of voters controlling development. In both cities, the electorate said no to strict height limitation initiatives.

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Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in California Planning & Development Report
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