Protect California Farmland

CA farmland

Target: Stanislaus County California Superior Court

Goal: Prevent approval of Turlock, CA General Plan for urban development until it commits to protecting farmland and prioritizing energy efficiency

The urban development plan for Turlock, California would threaten nearly two thousand acres of valuable farmland in Stanislaus County, in addition to violating the California Environmental Quality Act. The city must be accountable for proper consideration of farmland and energy consumption.

Stanislaus County has been losing over one thousand acres of farmland each year, and the city of Turlock should not be permitted to further jeopardize food security and environmental quality in this way. The 2030 Turlock General Plan and flawed Environmental Impact Report that the city is pushing forward has so far not been subject to sufficient oversight. In response, the California Clean Energy Committee filed a petition against the city in the County Superior Court. The Committee argues that to mitigate any conversion of productive agricultural land, the city should have to purchase easements of farmland outside the urban growth area, invest in agriculture and natural resource conservation, and set limits to urban growth. The project has not complied with these recommendations, nor considered energy efficiency. The urban development the project entails would threaten energy resources, does not include goals for renewable energy, nor does it account for increased transportation.

Please request that the Stanislaus County Superior Court carefully consider this development plan and its potential effect on California’s environmental and agricultural future. Enforce strict farmland protection and energy consumption standards in regard to the Turlock city plan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Stanislaus County Superior Court,

Farmland in Stanislaus County is being displaced at an alarming rate, and a pending development plan for the city of Turlock, California threatens to accelerate this dangerous trend. The 2030 Turlock General Plan and Environmental Impact Report which disregards valuable farmland, state environmental standards, and energy consumption goals, must be subjected to serious judicial review before it is approved.

The California Clean Energy Committee has filed a petition to the court against Turlock so that the city will reconsider its long term plan. This plan, hastily approved by the city council without proper environmental review, would convert nearly 2,000 acres of important farmland to urban development. This would come without mitigation from farmland conservation easements, nor plans for setting urban growth limits. In addition the plan disregards energy efficiency standards, does not consider environmental effects of increased transportation, nor does it incorporate renewable energy goals.

Please decline approval of this growth plan until it adequately complies with California environmental quality standards and protects California’s valuable farmland.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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