Voters May Decide on Hillside City Services

Times Staff and Wire Reports

With the development of thousands of rugged acres at stake, Ventura residents in November will weigh a ballot measure requiring a public vote before water, sewer and other services can be extended to the hillsides bordering the city.

The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved placing the measure on the fall ballot.

The council's action came in response to a public outcry over plans for as many as 1,900 homes in the sage-studded terrain that abuts the city. Ultimately, the use of 9,100 hillside acres could be at stake.

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