Nobody likes traffic. In 1998, when SOAR became the law of the land in Ventura County, our efforts to stop urban sprawl and increased traffic were one of the key reasons many of you supported us.
Unfortunately, a competing measure funded by large landholders and wealthy developers (Measure F) will allow the conversion of thousands of acres of open space and agricultural land into urban development, creating Los Angeles style sprawl. That measure reduces Ventura County residents’ right to vote, giving politicians the ability to rezone open space and agricultural land for major development projects with no public accountability. It also breaks SOAR’s coordinated approach between county and city planning efforts, making it harder for local voters to protect their communities from piecemeal urban sprawl.
The last thing Ventura County needs is disjointed land use policies that will lead to traffic congestion and overcrowding like we see in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere.
In order to ensure that SOAR’s efforts to fight sprawl and traffic continue, we need to ensure that the countywide SOAR initiative (Measure C) is approved in November.