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Sonoma County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure T
Urban Growth Boundary Extension
City of Petaluma

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 13,962 / 65.3% Yes votes ...... 7,428 / 34.7% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (20/20)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall an ordinance be adopted to change the expiration of Petaluma's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2025?

Impartial Analysis
City of Petaluma voters approved an urban growth boundary ("UGB") by passing Measure I in November 1998. As approved, the City's current UGB limits the location of urban development and the provision of City water and sewer services through December 31, 2018. The UGB will expire in 2018 unless renewed, and requires voter approval to modify or rescind it. The City of Petaluma General Plan 2025, adopted in May, 2008, is based in part on the continuation of the UGB through 2025, the lifetime of the General Plan. General Plan Policy 1-P-37(A) requires the City to present a ballot measure to the community to extend the UGB to
2025. If approved by a majority of Petaluma voters, Measure T would make text changes in Policies 1-P-31, 1-P-32, and 1-P-34 of the Petaluma General Plan 2025 to change the UGB expiration date from December 31, 2018, to December 31, 2025, and make minor text edits in other elements of the General Plan 2025 that describe the history of the UGB for internal consistency within the General Plan.

A "yes" vote on Measure T would approve of the amendments to the General Plan extending the UGB expiration from December 31, 2018, to December 31, 2025. If a majority of Petaluma voters approve Measure T, subsequent changes to the UGB expiration prior to December 31, 2025 would require voter approval. However, Measure T provides that text edits included in the measure to other portions of the General Plan 2025 that describe the history of the UGB may be further amended as appropriate in the course of future revisions of the General Plan 2025 without voter approval. Such edits could not modify the UGB itself, or the UGB expiration date.

A "no" vote on Measure T disapproves of the amendments and rejects the extension of the UGB expiration date. If a majority of Petaluma voters reject measure T, the current UGB expiration date of December 31, 2018, will be maintained, and the currentUGBtext and related provisions in General Plan 2025 will remain unchanged.

s/ Eric W. Danly Petaluma City Attorney

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Arguments For Measure T
In 1998, the Petaluma City Council placed an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) measure on the ballot for voter consideration. The UGB created a twenty year boundary that stopped suburban sprawl and encouraged development in the underutilized urban core of our community. The voters passed the measure overwhelmingly, with 79% approval.

Petaluma's UGB established public policy favoring clear community separators which enables us to be focused on city-centered growth to better assure that taxpayer and ratepayer dollars are spent more efficiently and effectively. With the boundary in place our community was able to accomplish downtown redevelopment which included the Theater District, high density affordable housing and other mixed use projects. This 1998 measure has allowed us to reduce the city's future infrastructure liabilities as we have worked to address existing demands on our water, wastewater, storm water and transportation systems.

In addition, Petaluma voters wisely recognized that support for transit oriented development and alternative transportation modes such as SMART enhance our quality of life. There will be train stations located on both the East and West sides of our city within the UGB offering enhanced transportation opportunities for all Petalumans. Together these steps support our shared objective for city-centered growth instead of suburban sprawl.

Measure T has been placed on your ballot by a unanimous City Council, united in asking you to vote Yes to extend the expiration of the existing UGB until 2025 to coincide with Petaluma's General Plan, which is the City's guiding land use policy and growth management document.

The UGB boundaries will not be changed by this measure and only extends the life of the UGB which will coincide with our current General Plan. Please join us in voting Yes for Measure T.

s/ Pamela Torliatt, Mayor
s/ David A. Glass, Vice Mayor
s/ Teresa Barrett, Council Member
s/ Mike Harris, Council Member
s/ David Rabbitt, Council Member

(No arguments against Measure T were submitted)

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