Voters in the City of Oceanside will be asked in November 2018 to consider an initiative, commonly known as the SOAR Initiative, which would require public approval for any change in the zoning of land currently designated for agriculture or open space. Because most open space used for parks and recreational activities is City-owned and already requires a vote of the people for any zoning change, the Initiative primarily involves the future of the 3,340 acres of agriculturally-zoned land in the northeast part of the City known as South Morro Hills.
The SOAR Initiative has many worthy goals, including protecting the environment, helping agriculture, and creating a City with a high quality of life. This study analyzes the direct and indirect effects the Initiative would produce, including some of the unintended consequences. The results would likely be very different from those envisioned by the individuals who drafted the Initiative and those who have supported it.
Key takeaways include the following:
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