The Redlands City Council unanimously voted to receive and file the city clerk’s certification of the Redlanders for Responsible Growth Management Initiative Petition and order reports on the effects of the proposed initiative ordinance during its meeting on Tuesday, July 6.

Staff will present the reports at the council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, for economic and financial impacts and legal analysis. The reports will include:

1. The initiative’s fiscal impact.

2. Its effect on the internal consistency of the city’s general and specific plans, including the housing element, the consistency between planning and zoning and the limitations on city actions under Section 65008 of the Government Code and Chapters 4.2 (commencing with Section 65913) and 4.3 (commencing with Section 65915) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code.

3. Its effect on the use of land, the impact on the availability and location of housing and the ability of the city to meet its regional housing needs.

4. Its impact on funding for infrastructure of all types, including, but not limited to, transportation, schools, parks and open space. The report may also discuss whether the measure is likely to result in increased infrastructure costs or savings, including the costs of infrastructure maintenance, to current residents and businesses.

5. Its impact on the community’s ability to attract and retain business and employment.

6. Its impact on the uses of vacant parcels of land.

7. Its impact on agricultural lands, open space, traffic congestion, existing business districts and developed areas designated for revitalization.

The council chose this option after cost concerns of a special election.

A special election on Oct. 5 would cost the city $655,000 to hold.

After it receives the reports, the council could still choose to host a special election or wait to put the measure on ballots during the general election on Nov. 8, 2022.

 “I want to do everything I can do to avoid spending money on something I am pretty sure will pass, “ said Mayor Paul Barich.  

“I’m not willing to bet that kind of money that the initiative will fail. So, I support getting more information. “

Councilman Paul Foster was torn between the options.

 “I feel compelled to support the public’s decision on Measure G, and that is where I differ from my colleages, “ said Foster.  

“The message the public sent is that they don’t want higher buildings downtown. I don’t agree with the way they petitioned, however. I think they scared people into a lack of reality. I’m disappointed in them because of that.

 “I am going to advocate in favor of receiving reports to get more information. I don’t think that hurts us, but I am struggling with possibly telling the public to wait a year and a half to express their opinion.

“Because what they want to be able to do is they want to weigh in on whether or not the Redlands Mall proposal should happen.

 “I don’t agree that it shouldn’t happen, but I agree the public should have an opportunity to say something about that — and not after the project has been approved.

“I’m also struggling with the half a million dollars it would take to host a special election.”

Councilwoman Denise Davis said she did not think the measure would pass but agreed more reports were needed because of legal concerns.

Councilwoman Jenna Guzman-Lowery agreed with her colleagues.

 “At the end of the day, the most important element is we need more information, “ said Guzman-Lowery.  “So ordering reports seems like the best course at this point. “

Mayor Pro Tem Eddie Tejeda said he agreed with ordering reports as well.

 “Everyone agrees we should develop the Redlands Mall, “ said Tejeda.

“The state is coming down with mandates and deciding what communities need to do when it comes to development.

“In my opinion, this option is the middle ground for both parties.”