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City of Antioch
Measure T - Majority Approval Required

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Shall The Electors Adopt the Initiative to Change General Plan Designations within the Sand Creek Focus Area and Permanently Require Voter Approval of Amendments to Urban Limit Line?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “YES” vote for Measure T would be to enact the above changes to the Antioch General Plan. 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote would be to not enact the changes.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

https://www.antiochca.gov/fc/community/announcements/MEASURE-T-LAVD.pdf

IMPARTIAL ANALYIS OF MEASURE T

Measure T has been placed on the ballot as a voter-sponsored initiative. The measure amends the Antioch General Plan to limit development in a part of the city known as the Sand Creek Focus Area. Within this area, Measure T seeks to protect Sand Creek and its tributaries, preserve agricultural land, protect open spaces, protect wildlife, preserve scenic views, and encourage enjoyment of nature.

Presently, the General Plan allows up to 4,000 dwelling units in the Sand Creek Focus Area. The proposed initiative would reduce the allowed number of units to 2,100. Further, the initiative would require that General Plan designations within a defined “Initiative Area,” composed of all land within the Sand Creek Focus Area west of Deer Valley Road, be changed to “Rural Residential, Agriculture, Open Space.”

A minimum parcel size of 80 acres would be established for Initiative Area land. Only limited residential or structural uses would be allowed on each parcel within the area. Land uses that would detrimentally affect wetlands, stream corridors, grasslands, and wildlife would not be allowed. Development, agricultural activities, and grading would also be prohibited on certain slopes of 20% or more. Land uses would further be required to meet several new setback, contiguity, and viewshed standards.

Separately, Measure T amends the Antioch General Plan to permanently extend the requirement that City voters approve any amendment to the Urban Limit Line. Approved by initiative in November 2005, the Urban Limit Line establishes a line at the south of the City beyond which only open-space land uses are allowed. Presently, the General Plan requires voter approval for any change to the Urban Limit Line only until December 31, 2020.

If adopted Measure T would be affected by actions and laws that took effect after the measure qualified for the ballot. On August 1, 2020, the Antioch City Council approved a project known as the “Ranch” development, which allows development of about 1,200 residential units in the Sand Creek Focus Area. The right to develop this project will vest by law before the November 3, 2020 election. Therefore, this development would not be subject to Measure T’s terms.

Measure T may also be subject to the terms of legislation that took effect in 2019, known by its bill name, “SB 330.” SB 330 limits cities from changing area land use designations to less intensive uses or reducing their permitted residential units. SB 330 also allows project applicants to vest the land use requirements for their projects to those that exist when they submit an application for preliminary review. Depending on the actions of landowners within the Sand Creek Focus Area, SB 330 may be interpreted to prevent enforcement of some of Measure T’s terms.

Measure T requires approval by a majority of voters. A “YES” vote for Measure T would be to enact the above changes to the Antioch General Plan. A “NO” vote would be to not enact the changes. The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure T. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Antioch City Clerk’s Office (925.779.7009) and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. *NO ARGUMENT RECEIVED AGAINST MEASURE T

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE T 

Vote YES on Measure T and "Let Antioch Voters Decide" 

Measure T requires that major developments at the south edge of Antioch will be placed on the ballot and decided by local residents. Measure T restricts development on our beautiful green hills, Sand Creek, and protects Black Diamond Mines and Empire Mine Road - the prettiest three miles in Antioch - which should be a public trail. 

Measure T means Antioch residents - not backroom deals - decide how our city grows and prospers by permanently requiring voter approval to make changes to Antioch's Urban Limit Line. Voter approval otherwise expires December 31, 2020. 

Measure T ensures that development in Antioch is thoughtful and well-planned. Without it, we risk poorly planned development, which decreases property values, adds thousands of cars to traffic congestion, overcrowds schools, and threatens city services like police and fire. Poor planning can destroy our beautiful hills and overstretch our water supply. 

Measure T restricts development on hilltops, ridgelines, and steep slopes to preserve scenic views. It protects streams, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. 

Didn't we already do this? 

In 2018, Antioch residents and community group volunteers collected nearly 9,000 signatures to put this measure on the ballot. However, out-of-town developers sued the city to block the initiative. Lawsuits delayed it for two years until the court decided the city should put Measure Ton the November 3, 2020 ballot. 

Measure T affects 1,850 acres from Kaiser and Deer Valley Road to Black Diamond Mines - and could prevent development of several thousand houses. Antioch has already approved over 4,000 housing units. Measure Twill ensure that residents - not big developers -decide whether to allow more. 

Join the entire Antioch City Council, Save Mount Diablo and numerous Antioch residents and community groups to protect our quality of life. 

VOTE YES ON MEASURE T. 

PLEASE VOTE EARLY 

 

See: https ://Ietantiochvotersdecide.org/ 

The undersigned Proponent(s) or Author(s) hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. 

— https://www.antiochca.gov/fc/community/announcements/MEASURE-T-LAVD.pdf

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENTS RECEIVED AGAINST MEASURE T

— https://www.antiochca.gov/fc/community/announcements/MEASURE-T-LAVD.pdf

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Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure T

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Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
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