Brandt presented the council with four options:
Place the city’s general plan designation for the fairgrounds on the ballot;
Place the city’s zoning designation for the fairgrounds on the ballot;
Adopt a specific plan pertaining to the fairgrounds, and then place it on the ballot;
Amend the general plan’s designation for the fairgrounds, and then place it on the ballot.
Discussions of placing the land use of the fairgrounds on the ballot began when the state put the 150-acre property for sale as part of a plan to sell high-valued state properties to help fill the budget deficit. Although Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named seven state-owned sites for potential sale, the fairgrounds was the only property placed for sale after the Assembly’s vote in July.
Last month, both the council and the county Board of Supervisors approved a resolution that asked Schwarzenegger to cancel the proposed sale.
The council also voted, during closed session, to present the potential purchase of the property to the Planning Commission to determine whether buying the fairgrounds is consistent with the city’s general plan.
The supervisors have also asked that the commission make a determination, a step that is required by law if a government agency is looking to make a property purchase, City Atty. Kimberly Hall Barlow said.
Although the council and the supervisors would like to see the sale canceled, both are aiming to buy the fairgrounds, in case Schwarzenegger does not stop the sale.