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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9/6/2018 11:23:20 am
I am an Oceanside voter unaffiliated with any organization that supports or opposes the local ballot initiative, Measure Y. I have read information provided by supporters of Measure Y, sometimes referred to as "SOAR", as well as a letter from Nagata Brothers Farms Inc., and Mellano & Company, hereinafter NBFMC, which opposes Measure Y. I have researched Measure Y and it does one thing - prevent zone changes of Oceanside open space, farmland, parks, and recreation areas without voter approval. This is all you need to know. If you want more info read on.
10/24/2018 09:38:12 am
Mr Miller you are completely wrong when you say an appraiser would give no value to a potential zoning change. An appraiser develops the highest and best use of the property as part of an appraisal. Part of that determination is what are the legal uses of that property. If an appraiser were to determine that SFR estate lots is the highest and best of the property, and that zoning change is in the works, you can bet your bottom dollar that the bank would retain that property until it can sell at a higher value. You're using a great deal of the language that the SOAR people are using. I suspect that your comment about being "unaffiliated" is not true, but that is just my opinion.
10/24/2018 04:38:04 pm
Hi Ms. Peterson,
9/10/2018 08:19:34 am
Thank you Mr. Miller. I am interested to know what are the legal sources from which you gathered your information?
9/10/2018 10:36:20 am
Hi Ms. Sargent,
10/23/2018 08:49:30 am
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