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Amend General Plan
City of Santa Clara
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 15,119 / 59.84% Yes votes ...... 10,148 / 40.16% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Feb 26 1:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (43/43)|
|Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
Shall the City of Santa Clara adopt Resolution No. 07-7430, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Santa Clara, California, Approving The General Plan Amendment For The Santa Clara Gardens Project (90 N. Winchester Blvd.)?
The property at issue is owned by the State of California. The University of California used the property for an agricultural research station known as the Bay Area Research Extension Center (BAREC) for approximately eighty (80) years. The State of California declared the property surplus in September 2002, and the University of California decommissioned the agricultural research station.
The property is proposed to be redeveloped for a mixture of single family and senior housing with a one acre public park. Specifically, SummerHill Homes has entered into a purchase contract with the State of California for approximately 11 acres, and is proposing to construct approximately 110 single family homes on ten acres with an approximately one acre public park. The remaining six acres will be developed by Charities Housing, which is proposing to build 165 rental units to be made available to seniors at the low and very low income levels, with approximately 2.5 acres of gardens. The senior units are proposed to be owned and operated by the Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation.
A "no" vote is a vote against enactment of the resolution. If the resolution is not enacted by a majority vote of the electors voting, then the General Plan Land Use Map will not be changed from the current Moderate Density Residential uses (10-25 dwelling units per acre) to Single Family Attached residential uses (12-18 dwelling units per acre), and to identify a one acre public park designated as Parks and Recreation use, and the City Council will be precluded from considering any similar resolution for a period of one year from the date of this election.
A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of enactment of the resolution. If enacted by a majority vote of the electors voting, then the General Plan Land Use Map will be changed to decrease the overall density allowance from the current Moderate Density Residential uses (19-25 dwelling units per acre) to Single Family Attached residential uses (12-18 dwelling units per acre), and to identify a one acre public park designated as Parks and Recreation use.
Helene L. Leichter
|Arguments For Measure A||Arguments Against Measure A|
|A YES vote on BOTH Measures A and B is a vote to allow 162 much-needed affordable rental apartments for independent senior living that will be planned and managed by Charities Housing and Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation. The plan also includes detached homes for families complemented by over 3 acres of open space, gardens and a neighborhood park.
A YES vote on Measure A will reaffirm the City Council's decision to reduce the overall density allowed. The Santa Clara Gardens project follows community-adopted principles and priorities. It is a pedestrian-oriented community ideally located near shopping and public transportation, which will enable future residents, specifically seniors, to walk to most services and not depend on driving.
A YES vote on Measure A will transform an eyesore which has been fenced off and closed to the general public for more than five years. The site is plagued by graffiti, vandalism and toxic pesticide residues due to a lack of state funding.
A YES vote on Measure A will result in the project moving forward and the comprehensive environmental cleanup of the residual pesticides to meet strict government standards. This cleanup will finally address concerns about toxins on the site.
A YES vote on Measure A will not cost the city or taxpayers one dime. Santa Clara Gardens pays for itself. In fact, economic projections indicate the project will generate an annual fiscal surplus for the city.
Santa Clara Gardens will be a beautiful addition to our city, as senior housing specialists are working with gardening groups to beautify the entire site and ensure that the housing blends into the neighborhood.
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Please join us in voting YES on A and B to support the Affordable Senior Housing, Parks and Open Space that Santa Clara needs.
/s/ Patricia Mahan
/s/ Aldyth Parle
/s/ Bill Gissler
/s/ David DeLozier
/s/ Barbara Ratcliffe
Do Not Be Fooled This plan is neither about senior citizen housing nor public open space. The lion's share of this public land is for million dollar estates, specifically:
Developers chose the misleading name "Santa Clara Gardens" for this project to infer gardens, something the voters relate to...but this "Garden of Housing" plan from SummerHill is all about SummerHill, not Santa Clara senior citizens.
The developers say the project "generates an annual fiscal surplus"
Vote NO on Measures A and B. Save the last 17 acres of agricultural land in Santa Clara for a true garden for seniors and the public.
/s/ William Kirkpatrick
/s/ Dennis Dowling
/s/ Kathleen Orlenko
/s/ John Joseph
/s/ Helen L. Silveria
|Vote NO on Measures A and B
These two measures can only be defeated by your vote, the City of Santa Clara Citizens. Send a clear message to the City Council that you do not support the change in zoning, the high density bonus, and the general plan amendments proposed for the last 17 acres of agricultural open space land in the City of Santa Clara.
THE PROPERTY Formerly the University of California Agricultural Research Center, recently known as the Bay Area Research and Extension Center (BAREC) on Winchester Boulevard and Forest Avenue.
FLAWED PUBLIC PROCESS
UNDERMINES GOOD PLANNING AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE Over 12,000 signatures were gathered in three weeks opposing the City Council's intended use of this land as well as registering over 400 new voters. The Santa Clara citizens want to consider better uses for this land and want their voices heard.
Stop Measures A and B or they will:
Send the politicians your message + vote NO on Measures A and B.
LAND IS A NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE
Join thousands of Santa Clara citizens who have already petitioned the Santa Clara City Council to thoughtfully consider other uses for this historic and unique property by voting NO on Measures A and B. Vote NO!
/s/ Kirk Vartan
/s/ Chuck Petersen
/s/ Margot Warburton
/s/ Suzie M. Keels
/s/ Everett N (Eddie) Souza
Here are the facts:
Join us in voting Yes on A and B + Please don't take away the affordable senior housing, parks and open space that Santa Clara needs so badly.
/s/ Patricia L. Craig
/s/ Don Callejon
/s/ Patrick Kolstad
/s/ Margaret Bard
/s/ Dennis Wan
|Full Text of Measure A|
|RESOLUTION NO. 07-7430: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING THE GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FOR THE SANTA CLARA GARDENS PROJECT (90 N. Winchester Blvd.)
SCH 2003072093, CEQ2006-01032 (DEIR), CEQ2006-01033 (RDEIR), CEQ2007-01039 (Final EIR), PLN2003-03744 (Rezone from "A" Agriculture to PD Planned Development for 110 units of SF), PLN2003-03745 (General Plan Amendment), PLN2003-03958 (Rezoning of Senior parcel to PD [R3-18D], PLN2007-06295 (Tentative Subdivision Map creating 110+ parcels), PLN2007-06327 (Rezoning application from "A" Agriculture to "B" Public Park), PLN2007-06329 (Development Agreement)
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, AS FOLLOWS:
I HEREBY CERTIFY THE FOREGOING TO BE A TRUE COPY OF A RESOLUTION PASSED AND ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, AT A REGULAR MEETING THEREOF HELD ON THE 19TH DAY OF JUNE, 2007, BY THE FOLLOWING VOTE:
AYES: COUNCILORS: Caserta, Kennedy, Kolstad, Kornder, Moore and Mayor Mahan
ATTEST: /s/ Rod Diridon, Jr.
Attachments Incorporated by Reference:
90 North Winchester