Schwarzenegger's growth agenda may rile state's suburban builders
By JIM WASSERMAN, Associated Press Writer
November, 09 2003
Excerpted from the Fresno Bee
Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger could become the nation's newest Republican governor to try and curb suburban sprawl in favor of rebuilding existing cities, experts say, a path certain to rile some California builders and real estate interests who contributed $2.5 million to his campaign.
Schwarzenegger, who took his campaign cues regarding growth from an environmental group, has projected a bent toward "smart growth" which favors transit, rebuilding existing cities and slowing development on vacant farmland. His Web site has pledged wholesale restoration of declining urban environments, criticized "fiscally unsustainable sprawl" and promised new incentives to build homes on blighted, bypassed land in older cities.
Already, Schwarzenegger is being asked to intervene in one of the state's biggest suburban-style growth proposals, an entirely new town of 70,000 people on a remote grazing plateau 60 miles north of Los Angeles. He's also pledged incentives to install solar power systems on half the new homes built in California after 2005.
Among Schwarzenegger's biggest clashes with suburban builders may be Tejon Ranch's "Centennial," the state's newest city planned between Los Angeles and Bakersfield. A U.S. Defense Department official recently wrote Schwarzenegger that the project may interfere with military pilot training routes.
Tejon Ranch also faces environmental opposition over its distant location from Los Angeles job centers. Myerson said it could cost the state vast sums to expand highways in the region to handle residents' long hauls to work.
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