by Alan Pryor
Citing grounds of â€śpreservation of agricultural lands and open space, in-fill development and densification, and citizen oversight of sound land-use planning â€ś, the Sierra Club announces its endorsement and support of Measure D in Davis CA on the November 2020 municipal ballot.
Measure D is a ballot measure renewal of an existing City of Davis ordinance, â€śThe Citizensâ€™ Right to Vote on Future Use of Open Space and Agricultural Landsâ€ť, which gives the citizens the right to make the final decision on projects proposing to develop open space or agricultural lands within or adjacent to the City. It was originally approved by the voters in 2000 as Measure J and overwhelmingly renewed as Measure R in 2010.
The Sierra Club has long-standing official policies designed to minimize urban sprawl onto farmland, conserving habitat and natural areas, and maximizing intensive infill development. The Sierra Club opposes sprawl as a pattern of increasingly inefficient and wasteful land use with devastating environmental and social outcomes.
â€śThe Sierra Club is strongly supportive of efforts to provide sustainable and affordable work-force and family housing and to stimulate local economic developmentâ€ť, said Alan Pryor, chair of the local Sierra Club Yolano Group. â€śHowever, we also believe this is most advantageously accomplished by allowing informed community input and final say on important decisions regarding peripheral growthâ€ť, added Mr. Pryor. â€śThis measure provides a healthy sanity check on proposed development projects involving farm land or open space.â€ť
The endorsement and support for this ballot measure follows an extensive evaluation process by the local Sierra Club Yolano Group, the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter Political and Executive Committees, and the Sierra Club California Local Measure Review Committee.