What 3rd District Wants

I’m supporting Joan Hartmann for 3rd District Supervisor because she understands what 3rd District residents want and has a record of standing up with us.

Not long ago, the Buellton City Council was discussing a Sphere of Influence (SOI) Study that would have been an expansion plan designating the probable physical boundary and service area for Buellton. Joan stood up with the many residents in opposition to the SOI knowing it was the beginning of sprawl and destruction of surrounding agriculture. Others, including Bruce Porter, publicly supported the study.

In a close vote the council decided not to pursue the study. However, Joan realized it would come up again and helped organize “Buellton is Our Town” to develop a ballot initiative requiring voters’ approval of any proposed development beyond Buellton’s boundaries. Seventy percent of the voters approved the measure.

With Joan’s invaluable contribution to this collaborative effort, Buellton today is enjoying the rewards of growth within, rather than sprawling out. The initiative worked as it was intended. Through smart use of our resources Buellton is prospering without the expense of extending water, sanitation, and public safety service far and beyond. Vacant lots are being developed, and we have preserved valuable agriculture lands around our borders.

We need Joan’s practical and skillful talents representing the 3rd District on the Board of Supervisors.

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