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Petition will circulate to qualify the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative

For Immediate Release, April 7, 2018

Contact:  Van Collinsworth, Preserve Wild Santee, (619) 258-7929

 

Petition will circulate to qualify the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative

Santee, Ca — A Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition for the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative was filed late Friday by Van Collinsworth, Preserve Wild Santee’s Geographer/Director and Santee City Councilman Stephen Houlahan.

The Santee General Plan Protection Initiative protects Santee from overdevelopment, and prevents resultant traffic gridlock. It does so by amending the Santee General Plan to require a vote of the people for development projects that would increase density or otherwise intensify land use over that currently permitted by law.

Background

Santee streets and highways are experiencing significant congestion and gridlock. Over development occurs, in major part, due to General Plan amendments granted to development projects by the City Council that increase density or otherwise intensify use of the land, which in turn exacerbates traffic congestion and gridlock.

Without the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative, there will not be any requirement to place approval of a massive traffic-generating project on the ballot for the consent or rejection by resident voters. City Council members potentially influenced by campaign contributions from special interests will make the decision. Santee citizens need and deserve a greater voice in order to maintain Santee’s quality-of-life.

"Currently, voters do not have a right to vote on controversial projects that threaten overdevelopment. We want to give voters that right," said Councilman Houlahan.

“Santee residents can get involved gathering the 3,219 valid voter signatures needed to qualify the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative soon. We hope to start gathering them once the posting period is completed a few weeks from now,” said Van Collinsworth.

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