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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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City of Dana Point
Measure H Initiative from the People - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

6,477 votos si (58.7%)

4,557 votos no (41.3%)

100% de distritos activos (24/24).

Shall the 2015 Town Center Initiative, which changes the Town Center Plan previously approved by the City Council and the California Coastal Commission, as well as the amendments thereto approved by the City Council in 2015, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “yes” vote is a vote to change the Town Center Plan previously approved by the City Council and the California Coastal Commission, as well as the amendments thereto approved by the City Council in 2015.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “no” vote is a vote not to change the Town Center Plan previously approved by the City Council and the California Coastal Commission, as well as the amendments thereto approved by the City Council in 2015.

Resumen

A portion of the Full Text of the measure

The people desire that the requirements and intent of the Town Center Plan, the “Plan”, approved by the California Coastal Commission, be implemented through this ordinance to promote the area as a “primary business district in the city” with a “small town village atmosphere” containing pedestrian friendly businesses, shops and restaurants; and as a major center of social and economic activity with adequate and convenient public parking. To further these objectives, the Act recodifies and amends the Plan to better regulate future land use in the Town Center.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Dana Point City Attorney

Measure H, is known as the 2015 Town Center Initiative. If approved, this measure will result in several amendments to the Town Center Plan and associated provisions of the City’s Municipal Code. Thus it will modify the Town Center Plan as approved by the City Council in December 2006 (and certified by the California Coastal Commission in 2008), as well as the amendments thereto approved by the City Council in September 2015.

The City Council commissioned a fiscal analysis of this measure, which was presented at the City Council’s December 1, 2015 meeting. The analysis concluded this measure, if approved, would effectively make mixed use development in the Town Center Plan area financially infeasible. The analysis also concluded that the City could potentially lose approximately $673,000 in General Fund revenues per year if this measure is approved, and incur a one-time loss of $4.2 to $4.7 million. When making this conclusion, the analysis made the caveat that these figures are only estimates.

If approved, this measure will restrict the City Council’s discretion with regard to height and parking requirements. In addition, if this measure is approved, the City Council will have limited flexibility to address future amendments to the Town Center Plan and related parking provisions as changes to any such matters amended by this measure will require a vote of the people at a City-wide election, and subsequent certification by the California Coastal Commission.

If approved, this measure would eliminate the City Council’s ability to approve height modifications via use permits, or allow any encroachments by certain fixtures into height limits. Additionally, if approved, this measure would revoke all of the parking regulations that were approved by the City Council in September 2015. Finally, if approved, this measure would (i) require more ground-floor retail, (ii) would impose a ground-to-floor dimension of at least 18 feet on all retail uses, and (iii) would call out professional business/office as the preferred use on upper floors, in contrast to the existing Town Center Plan which encourages a diversity of land uses, including upper floor residential.

The September 2015 amendments to the Town Center Plan changed its name to the Lantern District Plan, but the term Town Center Plan is used in this analysis to avoid confusion. The Town Center Initiative has been placed on the ballot as a result of a petition signed by the number of voters required by the Elections Code. This measure provides that if it and any competing measure each receive a majority of votes cast, but this measure receives more votes than the competing measure, the voters intend that this measure will prevail in its entirety.

Efectos fiscales

Dana Point City Attorney

See Impartial Analysis

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The Citizens’ 2015 TOWN CENTER INITIATIVE SUPPORTS RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT. This Initiative closes loopholes to strengthen the original 2008 Town Center Plan’s requirements. Residents want to enjoy new shops and restaurants in a village atmosphere with convenient parking. The community, working with professional city planning experts, developed the Town Center Plan. The City Council endorsed it and City government SPENT $20,000,000 OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY on Town Center.

Your YES vote on the Citizens’ Initiative:

• PROMOTES the desired vibrant BUSINESS DISTRICT, allowing residences on upper floors

• REQUIRES ADEQUATE PARKING

  • MAKES DEVELOPERS PAY their FAIR SHARE for parking

• PROTECTS TAXPAYERS from burdensome future PARKING COSTS

• SHIELDS OUR NEIGHBORHOODS from OVERFLOW parking

• REINFORCES the 40 foot HEIGHT and 3 STORY LIMITS

• MANDATES VOTER APPROVAL for plan changes

• ADDS sales tax REVENUE and JOBS

• STRENGTHENS the original (2008) TOWN CENTER PLAN 

CITY GOVERNMENT consistently UNDERMINES the TOWN CENTER PLAN by:

• ABANDONING the PLAN in favor of DEVELOPERS who want HIGH PROFITS from HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL developments

• REDUCING PARKING REQUIREMENTS

  REDUCING RESTAURANT PARKING FROM 10 to 2 spaces per 1,000 square feet, not even enough for employees

  REDUCING OTHER COMMERCIAL PARKING BY 50%

 REDUCING PARKING to 1 SPACE for ONE BEDROOM units

CAUSING PARKING TO OVERFLOW INTO NEIGHBORHOODS

• APPROVING a project with: 4 STORIES, 56 to 59 foot TOWERS, MILLIONS of dollars in PARKING REDUCTIONS and buildings that go over and under public alleyways

• SUBSTITUTING BICYCLE SPACES FOR AUTO SPACES

• TRANSFERRING COSTS from DEVELOPERS to TAXPAYERS

• INCREASING TRAFFIC CONGESTION

• REDUCING DEVELOPMENT FEES by 85%

• ALLOWING future Councils to CHANGE THE PLAN at WILL, WITH NO VOTER APPROVAL 

VOTE YES TO NEGATE THE COUNCIL’S IRRESPONSIBLE PARKING  REDUCTIONS

VOTE YES TO REQUIRE VOTER APPROVAL OF PLAN CHANGES

VOTE YES TO REIN IN FUTURE CITY COUNCILS

www.SaveDanaPoint.com

s/ Lester Hill

Chairman & CEO (Retired), Pacific Scientific

s/ Debra Lewis

Former Mayor, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

s/ Sandie Iverson

Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development

s/ Betty Hill

President, Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development

s/ Roxanna Watrous

Attorney

Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development

— City of Dana Point

Argumento EN CONTRA

In November 2014, the voters of Dana Point sent a strong message that they were tired of vacant lots and empty storefronts in the Lantern District. Rather, they wanted to move forward with the implementation of the Town Center Plan which envisioned transforming the Lantern District into a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use district where residents and visitors could park once, stroll the area and enjoy newly added restaurants and shops which would replace those vacant lots and empty storefronts.

However, if passed, the 2015 Town Center Initiative would amend the Town Center Plan in a manner which would thwart its implementation and halt all the progress that has been made to date.

But don’t just take our word for it. An independent review of the effects of the 2015 Town Center Initiative was conducted by Keyser Marston Associates and made the following determinations.

• Imposition of the Initiative’s parking standards will have a stifling impact on development opportunities and effectively make mixeduse development in the Lantern District financially infeasible

• If Initiative requirements are enacted, the City could potentially forego approximately $673,000 in annual revenues and lose onetime revenues estimated at $4.2 - 4.7 million

• The Initiative imposes a mix of conflicting requirements that will make it impossible to successfully implement the Town Center Plan

We encourage you to view the complete report detailing the negative effects of this Initiative on the Town Center Plan at www.danapoint.org under “City News.”

Essentially, a vote for the 2015 Town Center Initiative is a vote against the Town Center Plan. In other words, if you like vacant lots and empty storefronts in the Lantern District, then you should vote for this initiative. We do not, and that is why the Dana Point City Council urges you to vote No on the 2015 Town Center Initiative.

s/ John A. Tomlinson

Mayor, City of Dana Point

s/ Richard A. Viczorek

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Dana Point

s/ Joseph L. Muller

Dana Point City Councilman

s/ Carlos N. Olvera

Dana Point City Councilman

— City of Dana Point

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Do not be fooled. Measure H, also known as the 2015 Town Center Initiative, does not support responsible development in the Lantern District. Rather, it seeks NO IMPROVEMENTS to that area. In fact, many in the city are already calling Measure H the “Empty Lot Initiative.”

Approval of this Measure would

• Make it IMPOSSIBLE to implement the Town Center Plan

• Make it FINANCIALLY INFEASIBLE for mixed-use development in the Lantern District

• ELIMINATE shared public parking

• REQUIRE an election for any necessary changes to the Town Center Plan

• FORFEIT fees to be charged to developers to offset the cost of investing in the Lantern District

• LOSE the City $4.2 - 4.7 million in one-time revenues and approximately $673,000 in annual revenues

Measure H would STOP the revitalization of the Lantern District. Additionally, loss of significant revenue to the City caused by this Measure will have ripple effects throughout Dana Point, jeopardizing projects such as Doheny Village revitalization as well as services in other parts of the city.

Put simply, Measure H would drastically amend the Town Center Plan making it no longer viable, hurt our city’s future and economy, cost us jobs and revenue, and may result in tax increases. Further, any necessary adjustments to the Town Center Plan to assist with its implementation would require the City to spend tens of thousands of dollars conducting elections.

Join us in making Dana Point even better. The Dana Point City Council urges you to vote NO on Measure H.

s/ John A. Tomlinson

Mayor, City of Dana Point

s/ Richard A. Viczorek

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Dana Point

s/ Joseph L. Muller

Dana Point City Councilman

s/ Carlos N. Olvera

Dana Point City Councilman

— City of Dana Point

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Measure H promotes the original intent of the 2008 Town Center Plan. It provides for a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use district in a coastal village atmosphere with restaurants, shops, and other businesses on the first floor, residences or businesses on upper floors, and adequate, convenient public parking.

PASSAGE OF MEASURE H:

• PROMOTES RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT with consistent rules for developers and city councils to follow

• REJECTS the flawed Keyser Marston report, which has already been proven false by approved projects using the City’s original parking standards, NOT the Council’s newly reduced requirements (including a mixed-use project just approved at PCH and Golden Lantern)

• CANCELS the COUNCIL’S IRRESPONSIBLE PARKING REDUCTIONS and ensures adequate parking with developers paying their fair share, not taxpayers

• INCREASES SALES TAX REVENUE AND JOBS with appealing shops, restaurants, and other businesses

• PREVENTS Town Center from becoming an OVERCROWDED RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

• PRESERVES the QUALITY OF LIVING valued by Dana Point residents and enjoyed by visitors while limiting traffic congestion and parking shortages

• MANDATES VOTER APPROVAL for Plan changes, instead of Council majority’s whims or developers’ demands 

Council’s actions are not filling vacant lots and empty storefronts, but eliminating popular businesses and replacing existing buildings!  Measure H STRENGTHENS the original Town Center Plan by closing loopholes to make developers follow the rules.

Ensure that Dana Point will belong to all of us, NOT just developers and the Council that caters to them.

YES ON MEASURE H

www.SaveDanaPoint.com

s/ Lester Hill

Chairman & CEO, Pacific Scientific (Retired)

s/ Debra Lewis

Former Mayor, Rancho Santa Margarita

s/ Sandie Iverson

Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development

s/ Betty L. Hill

President, Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development

s/ Roxanna Watrous

Attorney

Dana Point Residents for Responsible Development

— City of Dana Point
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