Richmond citizens have launched a ballot initiative to limit development at Point Molate. The measure would allow development at the historic Winehaven district but dedicate about 70 percent of the site as a public park. Read full text of the initiative here.
Due to the social distancing requirements during the coronavirus emergency, it is impossible to gather citizen signatures for putting the initiative on the ballot. Initiative supporters have petitioned state authorities to allow collection of signatures online. Read more.
There is a real danger that members of the Richmond city council, led by Mayor Butt, will exploit the emergency to finalize their development deal behind closed doors with the public excluded. SPRAWLDEF has filed suit in federal court to prevent that from happening. Read more.
SPRAWLDEF co-founder and lead attorney Norman La Force explains in this 7-minute video what the Citizens Initiative is about and what it would do.