Two legal claims that would have blocked a ballot measure that locks in Antioch’s growth boundary and limits development were recently struck down in court.

The courts denied the Zeka Group and Richfield/Oak Hill Park’s most recent challenges to voter-sponsored Measure T on Aug. 27 in the First District Court of Appeals and on Aug. 31 in Superior Court respectively.

Backed by environmentalists and some residents, Measure T, or the Let Antioch Voters Decide growth-control measure, aims to preserve open space, ridges, hills, streams and wildlife habitat in Antioch’s southernmost border and preserve the urban limit line that could be changed at the end of the year unless retained by voters.

Endorsed by the City Council in June, the measure reduces the number of homes allowed in the city’s Sand Creek Focus Area, from 4,000 to 2,100. Not affected will be The Ranch, a 1,200-home Richland Communities’ housing development, which was approved in August.

Although the City Council to save election costs had adopted the initiative outright in 2018, a judge later threw it out, saying it must be decided by voters. Save Mount Diablo then mounted a legal challenge that is still pending, and Zeka Group had sought to stop the measure until …read more

Source:: East Bay – Science


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