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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Springtown Golf Course Open SpaceOrdinance

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Livermore
Measure FF Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

30,226 votes yes (81.15%)

7,020 votes no (18.85%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (54/54).

Shall the ordinance affirming and readopting the open space designation "OSP Parks, Trail Ways, Recreation Corridors and Protected Areas" in Land Use Element for the 2003-2025 City of Livermore General Plan for the Springtown Golf Course, except for the Springtown Library and the Springtown Association parcel, be adopted?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure to Affirm and Readopt the Existing Open Space Land Use Designation “OSP Parks, Trail Ways, Recreation Corridors and Protected Areas” in City of Livermore General Plan for the Springtown Golf Course

Existing Law:

The 2003-2025 City of Livermore General Plan is the fundamental land use and development policy document that guides the city’s development and its resource conservation.

The General Plan includes a Land Use Element containing the text and maps that designate the future use and reuse of land within Livermore’s city limits. New development in the city must conform to those designations. 

The Land Use Element contains eight Open Space and Agricultural designations reflecting various levels of use and resource protection. The Open Space (OSP) designation is applied to areas to be maintained as permanent or semi-permanent open space, and includes parks, trailways, recreation areas, recreation corridors, and protected areas such as creeks and arroyos. The existing land use designations are mapped in Figure 3-3 to the General Plan. 

The existing General Plan land use designation for the Springtown Golf Course in Figure 3-3 is “OSP Parks, Trail Ways, Recreation Corridors, and Protected Areas.”

 This Measure:

The measure is an ordinance that affirms and readopts the OSP Parks, Trail Ways, Recreation Corridors, and Protected Areas land use designation for the Springtown Golf Course as shown in the Enhanced Figure 3-3 attached to the measure, and the text that states the “[open space (OSP) land use designation] includes parks, trailways, recreation areas, recreation corridors, and protected areas, such as creeks and arroyos, or similar open space uses determined appropriate for the site.”

The Springtown Library parcel (Parcel 1 of Parcel Map 10549) at 998 Bluebell Drive and the Springtown Association parcel (APN 099-0031-019-00) at 931 and 939 Larkspur Drive are designated OSP Parks, Trail Ways, Recreation Corridors, and Protected Areas, but they are expressly excluded from the measure.

The measure does not limit the City’s ability to make minor adjustments to the exact edges of the land use designation for the Springtown Golf Course and the abutting properties.

The measure does prohibit the Livermore City Council from amending or repealing the ordinance without further voter approval.

This measure is placed on the ballot by the City Council for the City of Livermore.

s/ Jason R. Alcala 

Livermore City Attorney

— Livermore City Attorney

Arguments FOR

 The golf course was designated as open space in the 2003-2025 City of Livermore General Plan.  However, the land use designation could be changed by a majority vote of any future City Council.  This measure locks in the existing open space designation by a vote of the people and requires any future land use designation change be approved by the voters.  

 

The Springtown Golf Course has been owned and operated by the City of Livermore since 1971.  In light of the poor financial performance and mounting capital repair costs, the City Council voted to permanently close the Springtown Golf Course and begin a master planning process with the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District to determine potential open space and recreation uses for the property.  

 

The current Livermore City Council values the preservation of open space and the benefits it provides to residents. It is not the intention of the City Council to develop the land for any residential or commercial use.   

 

We, the undersigned members of the City Council, seek your vote to affirm the open space land use designation for the former Springtown Golf Course property as outlined in Figure 3-3 of the measure.

Submitted by the Livermore City Council:

John Marchand

Mayor 

Stewart Gary

Vice-Mayor

Steven Spedowfski

Council Member

Laureen Turner

Council Member

Bob Woerner 

Council Member

Arguments AGAINST

No Argument Against the Measure were Submitted

Proposed legislation

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LIVERMORE AFFIRMING AND READOPTING THE OPEN SPACE LAND USE DESIGNATION “OSP PARKS, TRAIL WAYS, RECREATION CORRIDORS AND PROTECTED AREAS” IN THE LAND USE ELEMENT FOR THE 2003-2025 CITY OF LIVERMORE GENERAL PLAN FOR THE SPRINGTOWN GOLF COURSE, EXCEPT FOR THE SPRINGTOWN LIBRARY AND THE SPRINGTOWN ASSOCIATION PARCEL, AS THOSE DESIGNATIONS EXIST ON THE DATE OF THE ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016  

The people of the City of Livermore, California do ordain as follows:

Section 1.     Background.

The Springtown community has expressed a concern that the Springtown Golf Course could be developed for housing now that the golf course has ceased operation.

The City Council sponsored this initiative to preserve the existing open space designation of OSP Parks Trail Ways Recreation Corridors and Protected Areas in the Land Use Element for the 2003-2025 General Plan for the Springtown Golf Course, except for the Springtown Library property and except for the Springtown Association parcel (APN 099-0031-019-00) at 931 and 939 Larkspur Drive, as those designations exist on the date of the election on November 8, 2016.

Section 2.     Purpose.

The purpose of this initiative is to reaffirm and readopt the existing open space land use designation in the 2003-2025 City of Livermore General Plan for the Springtown Golf Course, except for the Springtown Library and the Springtown Association parcel.

It is the further purpose of this initiative to preserve the City’s ability to make minor adjustments to the exact edges of the land use designation for the Springtown Golf Course and the land use designations for the abutting properties. That continuing flexibility will allow the City to address land use issues associated with properties abutting the Springtown Golf Course now that its operation has ceased, such as the location of their rear property lines.

Section 3.     Ordinance Affirming and Readopting General Plan Designations.

 

A.  If approved, the initiative measure would preserve the following open space designation for the Springtown Golf Course, except for the Springtown Library and the parcel owned by the Springtown Association, in the Land Use Element for the 2003-2025 General Plan as that designation exists on the date of the election on November 8, 2016:

                      Land Use Element: 

The Open Space and Agriculture land use designation of Open Space (OSP) Parks, Trail Ways, Recreation Corridors and Protected Areas applied to the Springtown Golf Course in Figure 3-3 General Plan Land Use Map in the 2003-2025 Livermore General Plan, as depicted in the Enhanced Figure 3-3 (attached to this ordinance), is affirmed and readopted.

 

That designation includes the description on page 3-26 in the Land Use Element for the 2003-2025 Livermore General Plan that states the “[open space (OSP) land use designation] includes parks, trail ways, recreation areas, recreation corridors, and protected areas, such as creeks and arroyos, or similar open space uses determined appropriate for the site.”

      B.   The area occupied by the Springtown Library is expressly excluded from this initiative measure.

      C.  The parcel owned by the Springtown Association (APN 099-0031-019-00) at 931 and 939 Larkspur Drive is expressly excluded from this initiative measure.

      D.  This initiative measure does not limit the City’s ability to make minor adjustments to the exact edges of the land use designation for the Springtown Golf Course and the land use designations for the abutting properties.

     E.   No part of this ordinance shall be repealed or amended except by a vote of the people.

Section 4.  Effective Date.  This ordinance shall be adopted if approved by the majority of qualified electors at the city’s general municipal election held on November 8, 2016; and shall be effective ten (10) days following the date upon which the Livermore City Council declares by resolution the results from that election.

 

Section 5.     Severability.  If any part of this ordinance is declared invalid by a court, such invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining parts. 

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