A Simi Valley group announced plans this week to launch an initiative drive that would place a moratorium on all development in congested parts of the city.
Calling themselves FIGHT--Fight Ill-favored Growth and Horrible Traffic--the group will have six months to collect the necessary 3,800 signatures, or 10% of the city's registered voters, to qualify for the November ballot.
"You can't stop development, but you can proceed in a pragmatic, deliberate manner so that the community's support systems expand at a correct pace with the development," group spokesman Paul La Bonte said. "Right now, we don't have that in Simi Valley."
City officials declined comment on the proposal, saying they had not had a chance to study it.
The proposed ordinance would place a moratorium on all development in those parts of the city that are within a 3-mile radius of congested streets or intersections. Development could proceed only if city officials guarantee that road improvements would be made to absorb the impact of any increased traffic.