Windsor Votes YES on Measure H to Renew Urban Growth Boundary

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure H passed in the November 2017 election!

The Town of Windsor in Sonoma County is holding a special election on November 7 to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) for another 22 years through Measure H.

The growth boundary draws a clear line around the town, beyond which major development isn’t allowed. Changes to the growth boundary are only allowed with a vote of the people.

Measure H will “lock in” two more decades of voter protections for the natural and agricultural lands surrounding Windsor while encouraging new homes and businesses within town.

Windsor voters first approved their UGB in January 1998 with 72% of the vote. Recent polling found that 75% of Windsor residents support renewing the UGB before it expires at the end of 2017.

Earlier this year on a unanimous 3–0 vote, the Windsor Town Council approved placing Measure H on the ballot. The city-sponsored measure extends the UGB and its voter protections for another generation. It also proposes expanding the growth boundary to allow development on approximately 22 additional acres of land adjacent to existing development in the southwest corner of town. While we’re disappointed about the 22-acre expansion, we believe that, overall, the measure is essential to safeguarding the iconic farms, forests, and watershed lands surrounding Windsor and deserves the support of all Windsor voters.

If passed, Measure H ensures that the UGB and its voter protections will remain in effect through 2040. If the measure is not approved, voter protections will expire at the end of the year, at which point the UGB could be amended at any time by a vote of the Town Council to allow sprawl development on lands outside the growth boundary.

Measure H needs a simple majority of voter approval to pass.

Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in Windsor to vote YES on Measure H to renew the town’s urban growth boundary.

Learn more about Measure H here.

3 Comments on “Windsor Votes YES on Measure H to Renew Urban Growth Boundary

  1. I admire your cause. Wish my husband & I can vote but we’re still legal immigrants living in Windsor. May I suggest you bring your advocacy to our church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Windsor. Meet with the parishioners after the English & the Spanish Masses this Sunday, Oct. 29. This will reach more voters. I will pray for the success of Measure H. Best of luck & God bless all of you.

  2. Better still, I hope our priest Fr. Michaelraj will allow you to talk after Holy Communion during the English & the Spanish Masses this Sunday.

    • Dear Rowena,

      Thank you! We are searching for a person from Windsor to come speak to your congregation on Sunday. If we can’t make it then, can we send you some fliers to share that explains Measure H?

      Teri

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