Washoe County Voters OK Sustainable Growth Measure

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County voters have overwhelmingly approved an initiative tying regional planning to sustainable water resources.

Unofficial election results show WC3 was approved by a margin of 73 percent to 27 percent.

Backers of the citizen initiative gathered enough signatures to qualify the binding measure for Tuesday's ballot after county commissioners earlier denied a request to put it on the ballot as an advisory question.

Supporters say the initiative requires regional planners to plan for 200,000 more people, for a total population of 600,000, based on current water-use patterns and the amount of water available in Washoe County.

At the outer limit, a new regional water facilities plan would provide for up to 1.2 million people.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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