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City of Santee
Measure N Initiative from the People - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

15,720 votes yes (51.5%)

14,812 votes no (48.5%)

Shall an ordinance amending the Santee General Plan requiring voter approval for development actions that would increase residential density or intensify land use over that currently permitted by the General Plan be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: Santee City Attorney's Office / Santee City Clerk's Office

CITY OF SANTEE
CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE “N”

Currently, General Plan amendments and Specific Plans are approved by the City Council, subject to voter review through the referenda process.

If approved, Measure “N” would amend the Santee General Plan to provide that no General Plan amendment, Planned Development Area, or new Specific Planning Area shall be adopted which would (1) increase the residential density permitted by law; (2) change, alter, or increase the General Plan Residential Land Use categories if the change intensifies use; or (3) change any residential designation to commercial or industrial designation on any property, or vice versa, if the change intensifies use, unless and until such action is approved by City voters. Measure “N” does not define the phrase “intensify use.”

Measure “N” would also amend the Santee General Plan to provide that no change to the slope criteria, minimum parcel sizes, and lot averaging provisions of the General Plan that would permit increased density or intensity of use shall be adopted unless and until the change is approved by City voters.

Any election required by Measure “N” would be set either for the next available general municipal election (at no cost to the proponent of the land use change), or for a special election (the cost of which would be borne by the proponent).

Measure “N” provides that the voter approval requirement would not apply where the General Plan amendment is necessary to comply with state or federal housing law, including, but not limited to, affordable housing requirements. This exception applies only if the City Council finds, based on substantial evidence: (1) a specific provision of state or federal law requires the City to accommodate the housing permitted by the amendment; (2) the amendment permits no greater density than necessary to accommodate the required housing; and (3) an alternative site not subject to Measure “N” is not available.

If approved, Measure “N” may require future judicial interpretation. The Measure provides that it would prevail over any provisions of City law inconsistent therewith, including any conflicting revisions to the General Plan adopted between April 6, 2018 and the date the Measure is approved. The legal effect of this provision is uncertain. In addition, judicial interpretation may be required to assess the Measure under Government Code section 66300(b)(1)(B), which prohibits the City, including its voters exercising local initiative power, from enacting a development policy, standard, or condition that imposes a moratorium or similar restriction on housing development, other than to specifically protect against an imminent threat to the health and safety of persons residing in, or within the immediate vicinity of, the subject area.

Measure “N” was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters.

Measure “N”, if adopted, could be amended or repealed only by a majority of the voters at a subsequent City election.

A copy of the entire text of the proposed ordinance is printed in this voter information pamphlet.

/signed/

SHAWN HAGERTY
City Attorney 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20352

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE N

Vote YES on N to SaveSantee.com

Vote YES to gain the right to oppose intense development of Santee that addk to excessive traffic gridlock and does not comply with our General Plan.

Do you want the right to vote on changes to our General Plan that can increase traffic and erode Santee's family-friendly atmosphere - development which increases the intensity and density of land use?

If you want the right to vote on land use changes to our General Plan, vote YES on the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative.

How would the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative protect Santee's family-friendly atmosphere?

The City Council has repeatedly supported developer-driven changes to our General Plan allowing increased densities and intensification of land use at public expense.

Increasingly frustrated Santee drivers experience the results of these repeated and controversial intensification decisions.

TRUST PEOPLE NOT 3 POLITICIANS!

Voting YES on the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative ensures that voters in OUR COMMUNITY WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY on unpopular decisions made by the City Council to change our General Plan land use law.

YES on Measure N, the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative:

  • Ensures that no City Council, now or in the future, can take away your right to vote on land use changes to our General Plan that permit dense development of our city.
  • Sends a message to developers to bring only those projects to our city which will enhance and be compatible with the character of our community as guided by our General Plan.
  • Removes undue pressures brought on our Council by developers to density our community.

YES to SaveSantee.com

Join with Councilman Stephen Houlahan and thousands of your neighbors who petitioned to put this protection initiative on the ballot. Vote YES on N to protect Santee.

/signed/

STEPHEN HOULAHAN
Santee City Councilman

VAN COLLINSWORTH
Geographer/Director, PreserveWildSantee.org

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20422

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

Arguments AGAINST

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE N

Vote NO on Measure N. It's BAD for Santee! 

Measure N will make traffic in Santee worse! The measure threatens $66 Million in funding for traffic improvements planned within Santee and to SR52.

Measure N will make Santee less safe! The measure threatens plans for a new Fire Station and $13M for Fire Department and Sheriff's Department services.

Don't be fooled. The author of this measure attempted to force his extreme ideas on Santee voters three times in the past and was roundly defeated at the polls each time. As recently as March 2020, Santee voters rejected a nearly identical county measure at the polls.

Vote NO on N to Protect Santee's Bright Future! Santee has grown carefully since it's incorporation in 1980, adjusting its general plan to allow for community improvements, and only with public input and support. The author of this measure has opposed these improvements (even Trolley Square restaurants and shopping, and Town Center business park)5 . Having failed to stop our city's progress, he has now authored another deceptively worded measure -- his third -- to block our city's progress.

Measure N will allow special interest groups to flood the city with slick, expensive advertising campaigns which will confuse the public. This measure will also remove the ability for the city to respond quickly to opportunities.

The measure could require any homeowner, small business owner, or church to pay for an expensive citywide election for any changes they want to make to their property that would "intensify use".

The measure seeks to RETROACTIVELY BLOCK important new improvements currently planned for Santee including medical offices, restaurants, and activities for families.

Measure N will make traffic worse and Santee less safe, cost taxpayers millions, block existing businesses from expanding, and new businesses and services from locating in Santee.

Please VOTE NO!

/signed/

ROB McNELIS
Councilman

DUSTIN BURNS
President, Santee School District Board of Education

NATHAN CORNETT
Chair, East County Chamber of Commerce

DAVID LEONHARDT
President, Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego County

GAIL A. RAMER

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20424

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

Replies to Arguments FOR

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE N

FACT: Measure N will increase traffic, not decrease it. Measure N threatens·$66M funds earmarked for traffic improvements in Santee and to SR52.

FACT: Measure N will make Santee less safe and cost taxpayers millions. The measure threatens plans for a new Fire Station and $13M for Fire, Paramedic and Sheriff's Department funding.

FACT: Measure N would require churches, small businesses and private property owners to fund an expensive special election and wait TWO YEARS for a decision from Voters. Plans for new restaurants, medical facilities and a movie theater could be blocked by Measure N.

FACT: Measure N would cost our local schools and community college over $9 million dollar In revenue a year.

FACT: Measure N will create only very expensive estate lot homes that only the wealthy can afford at a huge cost to other residents.

This measure makes life harder for nearly every resident of Santee and will only benefit the radical activists who do not face the daily challenges that average Santee families face.

PROTECT SANTEE'S BRIGHT FUTURE! PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE N!

www.SanteeGeneralPlan.com 

/signed/

DAVID LEONHARDI
President, Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego

BARBARA RYAN
Vice President, Santee Board of Education

MIKE CLINKENBEARD
Treasurer, Santee Chamber of Commerce

JUSTIN SCHLAEFLI
Chair, Santee General Plan Committee

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20426

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE N

Vote YES on N to SaveSantee.com 

Vote YES on Measure N - the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative to protect your quality-of-life.

Measures similar to N were successfully passed by residents to protect quality-of life in Poway, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Escondido and Newport Beach.

Santee residents deserve similar protection from over-zealous developers.

Measure N is straight forward:

  • When a developer's request requires General Plan Amendment, you get a voice.
  • N returns Land Use Amendment decisions to you, the voters.

Your opponents consider you as a "special Interest group." We agree, the Voters of Santee are a very special interest group indeed. You and our community deserve protection.

A YES vote on Measure N means developers will have to persuade Santee voters to grant legal exemptions for their projects. No longer could approval come from just 3 pro-developer members on current or future City Councils.

With a YES vote on N, voters of Santee will clearly demonstrate the need to respect the Santee General Plan. Once that happens, developers will begin to submit projects that fall well within those parameters. Why? - because time is money to a developer.

The true outcome of YES on N is likely to be fewer ballot initiatives or special elections. If a developer requests a special election, the developer must pay for it.

Don't allow developer's advocates to confuse you.

Vote YES on Measure N - IT PROTECTS EVERYONE EXCEPT DEVELOPERS.

/signed/

STEPHEN HOULAHAN, RN
Santee City Councilman

AUGIE SCALZITTI
Businessman/Community Leader

VAN COLLINSWORTH
Geographer/Director, PreserveWildSantee.org

SAMM HURST
Health Scientist/UCSD
City Council Candidate

 

https://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/home/showdocument?id=20428

— Source: Santee City Clerk's Office

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