The Platform

For a Better Community!

Do San Benito County residents want better roads, parks and recreational activities, bike trials, fire/ambulance services, senior services, a new library and more sheriffs’ deputies?  If so, the County needs to have job-creating commercial and economic development.  Tens of thousands of automobiles already travel daily on Highway 101, but there are no easy “pull-off stops” in San Benito County along Highway101 for them to spend money and generate tax revenue for our County.  


The Regional Commercial (C-3) Zoning establishes standards for limited commercial development along Highway 101 that prevents sprawl.  Currently four very specific areas have been rezoned to C-3 zoning. The C-3 Zone sets forth exacting development review standards to ensure high quality commercial development that will not be an eyesore.  Themed, scenic commercial development is an alternative to unattractive “standard” gas stations or hotels.  Some communities protect the look of their communities through design review and design standards and San Benito County should do the same.  The C-3 zone establishes some of the first development standards for San Benito County.  This is the way that future development should be structured.  The currently planned node locations are small and well-constrained.  


Lastly, this ordinance only approves the zoning text for the C-3 zone.  All future commercial development would need its own environmental analysis and separate County approvals by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. 


Vote Yes on Measure K. Ordinance 991 is economically and environmentally responsible and protects our County against standard, unattractive and uncontrolled development while providing much needed revenue for our County!  

Endorsements

Individuals


-  Jim Gillio, San Benito County Supervisor


-  Anthony Botehlo, San Benito County Supervisor


-  Wayne Norton, Candidate, San Benito County Supervisor


-  Valerie Egland, San Benito County Planning Commissioner


-  Robert Gibson, San Benito County Planning Commissioner


- Darren Thompson, San Benito County Sheriff


- Eduardo Navarro, San Benito County Planning Commissioner


- David Westrick, Hollister Police Chief (retired)


- Fernando Gonzalez, Local Businessman


Organizations


-  San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau


-  Hollister Fire Fighters Association


-  San Benito County Business Council


- Economic Development Corporation

The Argument & Rebuttal

Argument in Support of Measure K

Does San Benito County want better roads, parks and recreational activities, bike trails, fire/ambulance services, senior services, a new library, and more sheriffs’ deputies? If so, the County needs to have commercial and economic development. Tens of thousands of automobiles travel daily on Highway 101, but there are no stops in San Benito County along Highway 101 for travelers to spend money and generate transient and sales tax revenue to fund these vital services.

      The Regional Commercial (C-3) Zoning establishes standards for limited commercial development along Highway 101. Currently, four very specific areas have been rezoned to C-3 zoning. The C-3 Zone sets forth strict development review standards, which will review the project’s design, theme, and landscaping to be compatible and appropriate for our County’s natural picturesque beauty. This review process will ensure high-quality commercial development. Themed, scenic commercial development is an alternative to unattractive gas stations or hotels. Protect the look of San Benito County through design review and design standards! The C-3 zone establishes some of the first development standards for San Benito County. These standards will be among the most innovative and strictest standards in the State for commercial development. This is the way that future development should be structured. The currently planned node locations are small and well-constrained. The C-3 Zone protects agricultural soils and enhances the natural environmental habitat along the Pajaro River. Each node shall not have more than 125 hotel rooms, which is considered a small hotel.  

      Lastly, this ordinance only approves the zoning text for the C-3 zone. All future commercial development would need its own environmental analysis (CEQA review) and separate County approvals.

      Vote Yes on Measure K! Ordinance 991 is economically and environmentally responsible. It supports tourism, recreation and businesses in San Benito County.

SAN BENITO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
s/ Mark Medina, Chair
s/ Jaime De La Cruz, Vice-Chair
s/ Anthony Botelho, District 2
s/ Peter Hernandez, District 3
s/ Jim Gillio, District 4

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure K

The arguments of those opposed to bringing jobs to San Benito County are false and deceiving. C-3 zoning is arguably the smartest, most thoughtful zoning ordinance in California history; it will not “Pave Paradise”. Unlike current forms of available Commercial Zoning in San Benito County, C-3 zoning severely limits development, provides a valuable community design review process, and preserves open space by limiting the number of acres used in these areas.

C-3 zoning will create economic benefits by funding the critical needs of San Benito County, including hiring more deputies, giving back to local non-profits, paving roads, increasing public services, and maintaining fiscal stability. C-3 zoning creates valuable jobs and economic opportunities for our residents. Additional tax revenues will come from these development zones (sales, gas, and hotel taxes) and NOT from our tax-paying citizens. These facts cannot be denied, even by opponents.

The claim that jobs-creating zoning will increase traffic is false. Highway 101 projects will NOT increase traffic congestion. Drivers will already be traveling along this busy highway corridor. Further, these jobs-creating projects/sites are NOT located near county Highway 25 and will not affect it.

  • ALL future projects subject to CEQA.
  • It is widely known that commercial developments off of major highways are booming economic engines to those communities. 
  • We have a unique opportunity to showcase the value of our whole community right off the 101 corridor. The nodes will have the ability to highlight and sell who we are to the rest of the State!


VOTE YES ON MEASURE K!

SAN BENITO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
s/ Mark Medina, Chair

HOLLISTER FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION, LOCAL 3395
s/ Vince Grewoni, Local President

SAN BENITO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
s/ Michelle Leonard, President/CEO

SAN BENITO COUNTY BUSINESS COUNCIL
s/ Bob Tiffany, President

s/ DARREN THOMPSON, Sheriff

San Benito County Supervisor Anthony Botehlo on Measure K

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Yes on Measure K

PO Box 1775

Hollister, CA. 95024

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