Concerned by a proposed slow-growth initiative on next year's ballot, a county agency has suggested hiring the Chapman College Center for Economic Research to analyze the potential impact if the initiative passes.
The county Environmental Management Agency asked the Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to consider the matter Tuesday, to pay the center $10,000 to study the "general economic impact" of a successful initiative.
Backers of the initiative are collecting signatures to place it on the ballot next year. The initiative would stop major developments in unincorporated areas of the county that would worsen traffic conditions.
"Theoretically, restricting housing development can impact employment usages, retail sales, government revenue, business start-ups and many other elements of the economy," the county Environmental Management Agency wrote in its request for the study.