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San Diego County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Proposition C
Amending Ordinance Number O-18568 (Proposition M of 1998) Relating to Development of Pacific Highlands Ranch
City of San Diego

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 228,775 / 70.7% Yes votes ...... 94,866 / 29.3% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall Proposition M be amended, allowing completion of parks, library, trails, recreation and transportation facilities for Pacific Highlands Ranch by removing a development timing restriction based on completion of the SR-56/I-5 Interchange, only after City Council approves a program of phased development ensuring facilities are constructed before or concurrent with new development, paid for by developers at no cost to taxpayers?

This proposition amends ordinance number O-18568 (Proposition M of 1998) by removing the restriction on developing more than 1,900 dwelling units in Pacific Highlands Ranch until the completion of the SR-56/I-5 Interchange Project. This proposition also adds additional language that limits development until the City Council approves a program for phased development and approves a revised public facilities financing plan for Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Fiscal Impact:
Expenses incurred to prepare a program of phased development and revisions to the Pacific Highlands Ranch Public Facilities Financing Plan will be borne by the Pacific Highlands Ranch Facilities Benefit Assessment, which is funded by builder/developer fees. There will be no costs to City taxpayers as a result of this ballot measure.

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
In a special election held November 3, 1998, voters approved Proposition M, a measure that allowed the development of a community now known as Pacific Highlands Ranch, subject to certain conditions. One of the conditions was that only 1,900 dwelling units could be built until ramps for westbound State Route 56 connecting with I-5 North, and for I-5 South connecting with eastbound State Route 56 (the SR-56/I-5 Interchange), were completed. The restriction had been requested by a neighboring community planning group because of its concern that traffic from Pacific Highlands Ranch would significantly impact surrounding communities.

Pacific Highlands Ranch is now approaching 1,900 dwelling units, but completion of the SR-56/I-5 Interchange, a Caltrans project, is not anticipated until at least 2020. Caltrans reports that when the community is fully built, Pacific Highlands Ranch will contribute 10 percent of the traffic using the future I-5/SR-56 Interchange, while the Carmel Valley planning area as a whole is projected to contribute 18 percent of the traffic.

Community amenities in Pacific Highlands Ranch are funded by Facilities Benefit Assessments (FBA), which are assessed against developers when building permits are issued. Building community amenities requires FBA funds, and the City cannot collect additional FBA funds for amenities in Pacific Highlands Ranch until after the SR-56/I-5 Interchange is complete. Planned schools, neighborhood parks, a community park, bike and pedestrian trails, a recreation center, and a public library that are all part of the community plan cannot be funded and built at this time.

This ballot measure would accomplish this change by amending Proposition M, which imposed the restriction of development to 1,900 dwelling units until the SR-56/I-5 Interchange was complete. This ballot measure removes references to the connection between the 1,900 dwelling unit limit and the completion of the SR-56/I-5 Interchange. This ballot measure would provide that development of more than 1,900 dwelling units can proceed once the City Council both approves a program to phase development in Pacific Highlands Ranch, and revises the Public Facilities Financing Plan for that community. These actions would be funded through the FBA program, based on fees paid by developers. The program for phased development would restrict building permits from being issued until the completion of community amenities and public facilities, consistent with thresholds established in the City's General Plan. The revised Public Facilities Financing Plan would be incorporated into the phased development program for Pacific Highlands Ranch.

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Arguments For Proposition C
Finish the Job.
Vote Yes on Proposition C.

In 1998, voters' approval of Proposition M established an award-winning managed growth plan for one of San Diego's last remaining new neighborhoods - Pacific Highlands Ranch.

That plan, endorsed by environmental, community and business organizations, permanently preserves 1,275 acres of open space, restores a vital wildlife corridor connecting canyons with the regional open space system, and creates the Carmel Mountain Preserve for inclusion in the Torrey Pines State Park system - all paid for by developers and at no cost to taxpayers.

At the request of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, Proposition M included a development timing restriction that linked completion of the community to construction of the SR-56/I-5 freeway interchange.

Pacific Highlands Ranch is now home to over 5,000 residents. Many of the public and commercial facilities needed to serve the community cannot be built, and the open space system cannot be completed, because of the timing restriction.

The SR-56/I-5 interchange project is not planned until 2020, if ever. Recent traffic studies show Pacific Highlands Ranch will produce only 10% of the traffic using the two missing freeway connections. Lacking their own facilities, current residents must drive outside their neighborhood for services, generating traffic in neighboring communities.

Proposition C, placed on the ballot at the request of the Carmel Valley Planning Board and supported by Pacific Highlands Ranch and adjacent community planning groups, permits completion of community parks, open space and trail system, schools, stores, offices, recreation center, bike and pedestrian trails for Pacific Highlands Ranch. It requires developers, not taxpayers, to pay for these facilities, and requires City approval of a phasing plan to ensure facilities are constructed before or concurrent with new development.

Environmental, community and business organizations urge you to vote Yes on Proposition C to finish the community provided by voters in 1998.

City of San Diego
Carmel Valley Community Planning Board
Local Biosciences Leader
Local School Leader
San Diego Director, Endangered Habitats League

(No arguments against Proposition C were submitted)

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