Urge Contra Costa County to Invest in Smart Growth and Conservation
Contra Costa County is considering a new $3 billion transportation sales tax measure for November 2016. Residents have long called for investments to reduce traffic, prevent sprawl, and create thriving communities near transit. Now is the time to make sure new investments from a tax measure would raise the bar.
As it stands, the current tax proposal falls short. Our farms and ranches are still at risk of being paved over. Our urban limit lines, which determine where development can and cannot happen, are still open to loopholes that allow sprawl without voter approval. And we need to increase our investment in walking, biking, and transit. Read this article to get a local flavor of why it’s so important to ensure our region isn’t dragged down by the consequences of sprawl and traffic.
We need your help to ensure the Contra Costa Transportation Authority will use the potential tax measure to advance conservation and smart growth rather than encourage more traffic and sprawl.
Deadline to submit comments is May 18—take action below to urge county officials to improve the quality of life in Contra Costa by doing the following:
- Protect our natural and agricultural lands. Close loopholes that threaten Contra Costa’s farms and open spaces by prohibiting residential and commercial development outside of voter-approved urban limit lines.
- Encourage sustainable, equitable development. Create much stronger financial incentives to support new homes that people can afford near transit.
- Invest wisely. Increase investments for walking, biking, and transit to reduce congestion and improve quality of life.