Jenny Blaker’s intelligent Letter to the Editor on the importance of voting Yes on Measure K was published in the Rohnert Park-Cotati Community Voice. She also makes the case for Measure Q to renew the city of Cotati’s Urban Growth Boundary.
Measures K and Q deserve our votes
Measure K, for community separators in Sonoma County, and Measure Q (for Cotati’s urban growth boundary) are complementary. Both are designed to protect farmlands and open space from urban sprawl.
Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs), passed by individual cities, and community separators, throughout the county, were created by ballot measures more than 20 years ago. The UGBs are expiring and will be renewed on various different timelines independently for each city. Cotati voters will be voting on Measure Q this fall to renew its existing urban growth boundary for another 30 years.
Measure K if approved will help protect 53,576 acres of rural lands from urban development throughout the county. Not only does this help maintain the unique identity and distinct character of each city or town, it also helps to protect agricultural land, open space, watersheds, groundwater recharge areas, wildlife habitat and corridors, and by protecting our air, water and soil helps to provide a better quality of life for all Sonoma County inhabitants.
For further information on Measure K, go to www.KeepCommunitySeparators.com.
For information on Measure Q, go to www.CotatiUGB.org
As a 20-year resident of Cotati, I love our small town and also the beautiful diverse ecosystems of Sonoma County from oak woodlands and redwoods to meadows and wetlands, and enjoy the wide variety of foods available from local farms.
I urge you to help protect Sonoma County’s greenbelts and vote Yes on K! If you vote in Cotati, vote Yes on Q, too!
October 20, 2016