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Open Space/Land Use
Town of Moraga
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 3964 / 44.04% Yes votes ...... 5037 / 55.96% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 2 8:18pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (14/14)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
Shall the ordinance Expanding Open Space and Imposing Development Restrictions be adopted?
The land areas covered by MOSO 2008 OS are: Bollinger Canyon, Campolindo Ridge, Indian Valley, Muholland Ridge, Rheem Ridge and the Sanders and Larch Ridges Areas. Areas within MOSO 2008 OS would have density limited to a maximum of one dwelling unit per twenty acres, which could increase to ten acres under limited circumstances. Minimum parcel sizes could be reduced to 15,000 square feet for the purpose of clustering development, except for the Bollinger Canyon Area, where the minimum new parcel size would be five acres.
Only the following uses, along with their normal and appropriate accessory uses and non-residential structures, would be permitted in MOSO 2008 OS: One single-family residence per legal parcel, secondary units, employee dwelling units, room rental, agriculture, animal care and boarding, some institutional or non-profit uses, and government/public facilities. Limited commercial uses would also be allowed. The maximum aggregate floor area of all floors in all buildings on a parcel may not exceed 1% of the parcel's area, or 20,000 square feet, whichever is less, but for any parcel a minimum of up to 10,000 square feet may be permitted.
The Ordinance identifies major and minor ridgelines, steep slopes, wetlands, riparian corridors, and critical wildlife habitat areas within MOSO 2008 OS as "Areas of Special Environmental Concern" in which development is generally prohibited with some limited exceptions. Development is also prohibited on some minor ridgelines immediately adjacent to and extending into MOSO 2008 OS. "Development" is defined as the construction, erection or placement of any structure, underground utilities and any surface alteration, but does not include work necessary to eliminate a menace to life, limb or property, establish a fire or public trail, create water wells or any surface alteration that results in the movement of less than 50 cubic yards of material and encompasses less than 10,000 square feet of area per parcel. An exception to this development prohibition exists for pre-existing legal parcels if the foregoing restrictions permit no building site on the parcel, and there is no option for density transfer. In those instances, a development envelope not to exceed one acre may be permitted, so long as it is not within 500 feet of a major ridgeline and is located to minimize its visual and environmental impacts.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure K. If you desire a copy of the full text of the measure, please call the Town of Moraga at (925) 888-7021 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure at the following website address: http://www.ci.moraga.ca.us
|Arguments For Measure K||Arguments Against Measure K|
|Vote YES on Measure K to preserve Moraga's scenic views.
Vote YES on Measure K to protect Moraga's open space ridgelines and hillsides from overdevelopment.
Vote YES on Measure K to prevent our streets from being jammed with over 3,000 additional car trips per day.
Vote YES on Measure K to keep the small town feel and exceptional quality of life in Moraga.
The Moraga Open Space Ordinance initiative of 1986 did a good job of slowing growth and protecting four major ridgelines from development. Now, however, large new subdivisions are proposed in important open space areas not protected by MOSO 1986.
Over 1,000 new housing units have already been approved or are being planned in Moraga: Palos Colorados, Vista Encinos, Moraga Center Specific Plan, and many more. In the face of this development pressure, we need to protect our remaining open space.
Preserves Moraga's panoramic views by preventing building on ridgelines and steep hillsides in prominent open space areas;
Protects Bollinger Canyon, Indian Valley, and Rheem Ridge from sprawling new subdivisions;
Keeps our local roads free from thousands of additional car trips perday;
Saves taxpayers the long-term expense of providing additional police, fire, emergency medical, and infrastructure maintenance services to accommodate large developments in these open space areas;
Allows use of open space for agriculture, cattle ranching, low-density residences, and outdoor recreation.
Measure K is endorsed by our local Audubon Society, Sierra Club, California Native Plant Society, Regional Parks Association, and many respected community leaders and business owners. It is the only ballot initiative supported by the original organizers of MOSO 1986.
Our Town is growing significantly. Without further protection, excessive growth will destroy the beautiful open space and scenic views we cherish.
Please Vote YES on Measure K to protect the qualities that make Moraga a great place to live.
Bill Vaughn, Former Mayor
Joe Cushing, M.O.L. Football Commissioner
|Measure K backers want you to believe that the battle in Moraga is about "growth vs. no growth", "developers vs. environmentalists" and that their initiative is about preserving "threatened" open space in our Town.
In truth ... Moraga's open space and major ridgelines are not being threatened, as we have one of the strongest open space and ridgeline protection ordinances in Contra Costa County (MOSO).
So what is this really about? It's about who controls Moraga and its vision for the future.
We are longtime Moraga residents/leaders. We oppose Measure K because we believe it will dramatically change the single-family character of Moraga. We ask you to think about the following before you vote:
Who is behind Measure K? Green Party Mayor Lynda Deschambault and a number of extreme environmentalists who do not live in Moraga. They have their own agenda for the future of Moraga.
What do Measure K backers really want? Mayor Lynda Deschambault and Measure K supporters say they want to restrict development in Moraga. What they really mean is they want to restrict up to 300 single-family executive homes paving the way to build 400 + 700 lower-income condominiums and apartments in the downtown area.
Exchanging executive housing for lower-income condominiums will deny millions of dollars in annual revenues for police, school and fire protection services.
We do not share their vision for our Town's future.
If Measure K passes, there is great concern for Moraga's future fiscal stability. Measure K will in essence "condemn" hundreds of acres of private property for open space, likely resulting in multimillion dollar lawsuits, costing taxpayers millions + potentially bankrupting our Town.
Not only don't we share the same vision for Moraga's future as the Mayor, Measure K is just too risky. Please join us in voting NO on K. Thank you.
Ronald H. Julian, Risk Management Consultant,
Look who's behind these false and misleading claims...
According to official records (6/30/08), the sole funder of this campaign against Measure K is Russell J. Bruzzone, Inc., the developer who wants to build hundreds of houses in Moraga's open space and who owns the site for the controversial downtown development.
In contrast, Yes on Measure K is funded by over a hundred Moraga neighbors, signed by 2,000 Moraga residents, and endorsed by Republicans and Democrats, community leaders, business owners, elected officials, and the local Audubon Society and Sierra Club.
Here's what Measure K actually does:
Spares us traffic congestion from 3,000 more daily car trips, according to the Town's official analysis;
Protects scenic hillsides and ridgelines not protected by MOSO 1986;
Safeguards Moraga's small-town character and quality of life.
Contrary to Bruzzone, Inc.'s claims, Measure K:
Does not exchange single-family housing for apartments/condos;
The Town Attorney concluded that Measure K "is a proper exercise of the initiative power." (Report 9212)
Measure K is sponsored by Friends of Moraga Open Space, a volunteer citizens' group whose mission is to preserve Moraga's scenic hills and small-town character.
So who do you trust to protect open space?
Hundreds of concerned neighbors, or one developer who stands to gain from maximizing development downtown and in Moraga's open space?
Please vote Yes on Measure K.
Bob Merritt, Moraga Citizen of the Year, 1982