Publication Date

Fall 2011

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Urban Planning (MUP)


Urban and Regional Planning


The report analyzes the factors that influenced the divergent paths that Stanislaus and Merced County residents took when deciding if their counties should implement a new growth management policy that gives county voters final approval of new development projects at the ballot box. This agricultural land policy would require affirmative majority vote from county residents for any development project that rezoned at least ten acres of agricultural land to residential land, and the subsequent voting outcome would effectively overrule any previous decision made by the respective County Boards of Supervisors.