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Cotati Chamber of Commerce opposes Measure U

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 | Posted by | 8 responses

No on U sign at a store front in downtown Cotati. (Nicole Zimmerman/Press Democrat)

The Cotati Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted to oppose the Measure U, which bans the use of “roundabouts, traffic circles or any other similar traffic feature,” saying that it is overly vague and fiscally irresponsible. Measure U will be on the November ballot.

The Chamber issued this statement:

“The measure fails to adequately designate exactly what features can and can not be used, not only in the downtown area, but in the entire City of Cotati.

“Banning ’round’ traffic features in the entire city could potentially bring litigation concerning new roadways, including something as simple as a new housing development and the use of a cul-de-sac. The amount of money that this could cost the city is difficult to calculate, but any expense is unnecessary and more than the city can afford.

“Furthermore, the changes necessary to the General Plan, the Downtown Specific Plan and the forfeiture of government grant money could cost the city up to $3.7 million. Because of these problems, the Chamber feels that Measure U should not be passed.”

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Nick Walden is our Cotati and Penngrove correspondent.
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