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Election 2016 Win: Milpitas Says YES to Measure J

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure J passed in the November 2016 election!

This measure renews voter-approved protections that shield the city’s hillsides from inappropriate development and subdivision for another 20 years. The hillside protections, first adopted in 2004, complement the city’s Urban Growth Boundary.

The City of Milpitas is lucky to have significant undeveloped natural lands within its boundaries, primarily on the city’s eastern edge in the foothills of the Mount Hamilton Range.

The voters of Milpitas took an important step in protecting these lands when they adopted an Urban Growth Boundary in 1998, establishing a clear line beyond which major development isn’t allowed.

But that still left important open spaces areas at risk. In 2004, concerned that hillside areas within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary could be rezoned for inappropriate development, voters enacted Measure T, which locks in current protections against more intense development in the hillsides, such as executive mansion-style subdivisions. Measure T is set to expire in 2018, leading to calls in recent years for its renewal.

The Milpitas City Council voted to add the renewal of Measure T to the November 2016 ballot. This 20-year renewal will extend these voter-mandated open space protections until 2038.

Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in Milpitas to vote YES on Measure I.

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