In 2019, it was revealed that the city was in talks with a developer seeking to annex huge parcels of farmland, which would effectively double the size of Winters and double the population. The news awakened citizens, who for too long have allowed city officials to make these kinds of decisions for them.
In most cases, those decisions have protected and improved the way of life in Winters--creating a beautiful, working historic downtown, a revitalized Putah Creek, a growing business community.
But the prospect of an enormous subdivision in the north was just too much. Imagining the impact this decision would have on our small town--tract homes replacing pristine farmland, traffic and pollution, and tremendous maintenance costs to the city-- spurred a dedicated group of community members to form Keep Winters Winters.
This spring Keep Winters Winters will gather enough signatures to place a citizen's initiative on the November 3, 2020 ballot, which would prohibit the annexation of land into the city boundaries without a majority vote of the citizens of Winters.
Keep Winters Winters is not a "no growth" movement. In fact, we are proudly pro-growth, as long as the growth takes place inside the city, and in ways that make sense. We do not wish to keep our community stagnant. We simply want to be smart about it. And as citizens, we wish to have the final say on how big and how fast our community grows.
Keep Winters Winters means keeping Winters protected from the kind of urban sprawl which has swallowed up neighbors like Woodland and Vacaville. Keep Winters Winters means growing our city within existing boundaries. Keep Winters Winters means keeping the small town feel and charm our city is known for.
Everyone who lives in Winters knows what Keep Winters Winters means.
We believe simply saying "No" is not a solution. We are a community of ideas and stand ready to work with each other to KEEP WINTERS WINTERS. We endorse:
The measure will be an amendment to the General Plan, and will prohibit annexation of land outside Winters without a majority vote of the citizens. This places control of the size and population of Winters in your hands.
In order to qualify for the ballot, 10% of registered voters in the city of Winters must sign. That's roughly 400 signatures.
We will notify you when the petitions are ready to sign.
November 3, 2020 is the day citizens will vote on the ballot measure. A simple majority is needed to make it law, giving citizens the final say in any annexation.
Let's work together to get out the vote in the next General Election.
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