Ballot measure proposed for Yuba Highlands |

Ballot measure proposed for Yuba Highlands

Yuba County residents may get to cast their vote on the Yuba Highlands Project if a ballot measure gets passed by supervisors tomorrow.

Last week, Chairman Hal Stocker added an agenda item to the supervisor’s packet for the May 22 meeting to discuss placing the Yuba Highlands project on a ballot. He included no background material.

Stocker represents the fifth district where the project of 5,100 homes between the Spenceville Wildlife Area and Beale Air Force Base is proposed. He said a large percentage of county residents are opposed to the project.

Stocker voted in the minority to uphold two appeals that said the environmental report for the project was flawed. Last week, supervisors voted 3-2 to reject the appeal and temporarily uphold the Planning Commission’s decision to certify the environmental report.

District 4 Supervisor Dan Schrader questioned the idea of putting an advisory measure on the ballot.

“We’ve put advisory measures on the ballot before with varying levels of success,” Schrader said.

He pointed to a ballot measure in 2005, in which 52 percent of voters did not support a fourth district Indian casino. The vote has not slowed down the process to build the casino, Schrader said.

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