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La Sierra Lands
City of Riverside
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 18,209 / 42.80% Yes votes ...... 24,338 / 57.20% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of November 21 7:51am, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (98/98)|
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Shall Proposition "R", Measure "C", the City of Riverside's General Plan 2025 and Title 19 (Zoning) of the Riverside Municipal Code be amended, and the Rancho La Sierra Specific Plan be repealed to permanently preserve the La Sierra Hills as open space and allow restricted residential development on the La Sierra Lands?
The existing Planning Documents generally allow for single-family residential uses ranging from 0.20 to 2.0 dwelling units per acre in the La Sierra Hills and the La Sierra Lands. Development of hillside areas in the La Sierra Hills is limited, and allowable uses include single-family residences, orchards and other crops, limited keeping of poultry, rabbits, horses and bees, parks and playgrounds, golf courses, accessory buildings and uses, and family daycare homes. Allowable uses in the La Sierra Lands, set forth in the Rancho La Sierra Specific Plan, include recreation and open space, community facilities, single- family residences and agriculture, as well as the requirement for natural open space for projects proposed in the area.
Measure "L" has been placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters and would amend the City's Planning Documents as follows: repeal the Rancho La Sierra Specific Plan in its entirety; amend Proposition "R" and Measure "C" to eliminate their applicability to the La Sierra Lands; amend General Plan 2025 by setting forth a new vision for the Rancho La Sierra Specific Plan, adding an Open Space/Natural Resources Land Use Designation to the La Sierra Hills and the Medium Density Residential Land Use Designation to the La Sierra Lands, and amending various policies and objectives in the Land Use and Urban Design and Open Space and Conservation Elements to ensure consistency with Measure "L"; amend Title 19 (Zoning) of the Riverside Municipal Code by adding two new zones, the Open Space Zone applicable to the La Sierra Hills and the Residential/Open Space Zone applicable to the La Sierra Lands.
Measure "L" would permanently preserve the La Sierra Hills as public open space. The Open Space/Natural Resources Land Use Designation is limited to private and public lands used for resource conservation and open space, while the new Open Space Zone added by Measure "L" indicates only that it is established to preserve areas of permanent open space. A legal question exists regarding whether Measure "L's" limitation on allowable uses within the La Sierra Hills would constitute a taking of private property without just compensation under the federal and State constitutions.
Measure "L" would allow for residential development of the La Sierra Lands tied to the preservation of open space, by requiring one acre of open space to be set aside for each 1.6 acres developed. Development is limited to an average of 3.0 dwelling units per acre, resulting in the construction of no more than 1,950 residential homes. This increases allowable density from the current zoning applicable to La Sierra Lands, which allows for 1 dwelling unit per 5 acres.
Dated: August 14, 2014
By: Kristi J. Smith Supervising Deputy City Attorney
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure "L". If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official's office at (951) 826-5557 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
|Arguments For Measure L||Arguments Against Measure L|
|Vote Yes on Measure "L" to forever preserve La Sierra Hills and restrict development on La Sierra Lands.
The La Sierra Hills and La Sierra Lands properties together consist of about 1,300 acres. Current regulations allow development throughout approximately 1,300 acres of both La Sierra Hills and La Sierra Lands and fail to account for smart, sustainable land planning principles that are the standard for today's development. The outdated regulations governing development in the La Sierra area have prevented Riverside from advancing smart growth proposals that would protect open space in the La Sierra area.
Vote Yes on Measure "L" to permanently protect approximately 900 acres, including the entire La Sierra Hills, as public open space.
Vote Yes on Measure "L" to restrict development to approximately 400 acres of La Sierra Lands.
Vote Yes on Measure "L" to improve the economy of Riverside and the local region by creating thousands of jobs through the future development of La Sierra Lands, helping people get back to work. Riverside's unemployment rate is higher than both the state and national average.
Vote Yes on Measure "L" to provide millions of dollars to the City of Riverside, supporting police and fire services and maintaining local roadways through revenue generated from future projects in La Sierra Lands.
Vote Yes on Measure "L" to mandate that any future specific plan for La Sierra Lands designates land for senior living facilities, public safety facilities, as well as parks and hiking trails.
Vote Yes on Measure "L" to ensure future development envisioned by the measure shall undergo a strict environmental review process, including numerous opportunities for public participation, as well as review by the City of Riverside Planning Commission and City Council.
For more information, visit http://www.citizens4balancedgrowth.com. Then, Vote Yes on Measure "L".
Measure "L" may be unconstitutional.
The Las Vegas developer is betting he can dupe Riverside voters and win the jackpot with Measure "L", walking away with mega-millions in profits. Measure "L" seeks to gain voter approval to build 1,950 housing units in La Sierra by repealing voter-passed laws "R" & "C", which only allow 162 homes. Too many houses, too much traffic and don't forget our water shortage!
Measure "L" was drafted behind closed doors. There were no public hearings or analysis to justify breaking down our laws to build a massive housing project.
The developer is misleading voters with phony claims of Measure "L's" conservation benefits. The Hills are already protected!
Riverside taxpayers may be on the hook for millions of dollars in legal costs. Our City Attorney's Impartial Analysis states "A legal question exists regarding whether Measure "L's" limitation on allowable uses within the La Sierra Hills would constitute a taking of private property without just compensation under the federal and State constitutions."
Riverside residents fought to pass Prop. "R" in 1979 and Measure "C" in 1987. These laws made Sycamore Canyon Park and the Citrus State Historic Park possible, and protected the Greenbelt, Victoria Avenue, spectacular arroyos, a natural Santa Ana River, and scenic hills like La Sierra's. Saving these unique assets makes even more sense today with surrounding population growth.
Stop the repeal of "R" & "C". Protect our property values and quality of life. Vote No on Measure "L".
A Las Vegas developer spent over $600,000 to put Measure "L" on the ballot. Paid petition circulators claimed Measure "L" saves Riverside's La Sierra Hills for public open space.
The developer dangles the Hills like bait to reel voters in. The Hills' scenic value is already preserved by law and they are too steep for general public recreation.
The truth is Measure "L" permits a massive development of 1,950 houses on Rancho La Sierra lands instead of the 162 voters approved by initiatives "R" and "C". Rancho lands are next to Norco and the Santa Ana River's Hidden Valley Wildlife Refuge. The Norco City Council voted unanimously to oppose Measure "L".
The developer - with only an option to buy - wants you to pass Measure "L" so he is guaranteed huge profits before purchasing the property. His scheme is to grab over 10 times the density allowed on the Rancho and dump the hard-to-develop Hills.
This housing project generates nearly 20,000 daily car trips, worsening severe traffic congestion on main roads, the 91 and 15 freeways. No permanent jobs are created, forcing more commuting.
Overdevelopment depletes Riverside's limited water supply. This hurts all City utility ratepayers. Residents are already being asked to reduce water use 15 percent.
Measure "L" repeals longstanding protections of La Sierra lands and sets a dangerous precedent citywide. Developers and land speculators get the green light to try to build high density housing and apartments. Riverside's Greenbelt, Victoria Avenue, orange groves, hillsides and arroyos are threatened. These irreplaceable assets increase property values and preserve our quality of life.
Don't let an out-of-state developer damage the Riverside we know and love.
We are proud of Riverside. Vote No on Measure "L".
Measure "L" is supported by a large, diverse group of local residents, conservationists, environmentalists, and community and business leaders who know this measure is good for Riverside. Here are the facts on Measure "L":
Fact: Current zoning allows for homes to be built throughout La Sierra Hills. This is a matter of law, not an opinion. Riverside needs Measure "L" because La Sierra Hills deserves to be protected as public open space for all Riversiders to enjoy.
Fact: Measure "L" doesn't permit a single home to be built. Rather, it sets minimum requirements for future projects that will guide growth in the La Sierra area. These requirements include providing land for a school and public safety facilities, multi-purpose trails, senior housing and parks. Riverside needs Measure "L" because current laws do not require these public amenities.
Fact: Measure "L" restricts future development, while the law already requires any future development to offset environmental impacts with mitigation measures such as road improvements and water conservation.
Fact: The City Attorney's analysis is absolutely clear + Measure "L" only affects specific lands in the La Sierra area neighboring the City of Norco. It doesn't affect any other areas of Riverside, meaning the Greenbelt and Victoria Avenue will remain untouched.
Stand with Riverside. Save the Hills. Vote Yes on Measure "L"!