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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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City of Dana Point
Measure I Initiative Statute - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

4,561 votos si (41.4%)

6,449 votos no (58.6%)

100% de distritos activos (24/24).

Shall the Town Center and Public Parking Improvement Measure, which ratifies 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 approve the Town Center and Parking Improvement Measure, which ratifies the Town Center Plan previously approved by the City Council and the California Coastal Commission, as well as amendments thereto approved by the City Council in 2015.

Un voto por el NO significa

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

Antecedentes

City of Dana Point City Attorney

Prior to the adoption of the Town Center Plan, the City Council created a fifteen person Town Center Subcommittee, which held approximately thirty (30) public meetings.  Following this public process, the Town Center Plan was adopted by the City Council in 2006 and subsequently certified by the California Coastal Commission in 2008.  In September 2015, following various public hearings on the topic, the City Council approved amendments to the Town Center Plan and associated Municipal Code provisions.  Those amendments were expressly intended to, among other things, implement improved parking standards for residential and non-residential uses in the Town Center.    

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City of Dana Point City Attorney

Measure I is known as the Town Center and Public Parking Improvement Measure. This measure relates to the Town Center Plan and its stated purpose is to directly compete with Measure H [2015 Town Center Initiative], which also relates to the Town Center Plan.  The Town Center Plan is a planning document that was adopted by the City Council (and subsequently approved by the California Coastal Commission) with the stated purpose of encouraging the revitalization of the area of Dana Point identified as the Town Center.  The Town Center Plan: (i) establishes a framework of public improvements that are expressly intended to support private reinvestment and development, (ii) zones the Town Center Plan area as “mixed-use” and, (iii) incorporates a series of policies, development standards and design guidelines to guide the revitalization of the area by adding residential uses and encouraging pedestrian-oriented retail and commercial uses.  

Prior to the adoption of the Town Center Plan, the City Council created a fifteen person Town Center Subcommittee, which held approximately thirty (30) public meetings.  Following this public process, the Town Center Plan was adopted by the City Council in 2006 and subsequently certified by the California Coastal Commission in 2008.  In September 2015, following various public hearings on the topic, the City Council approved amendments to the Town Center Plan and associated Municipal Code provisions.  Those amendments were expressly intended to, among other things, implement improved parking standards for residential and non-residential uses in the Town Center.    

If this measure is adopted, the voters will ratify the Town Center Plan and associated Municipal Code provisions in the form approved, following the above noted public process, by the City Council (and certified by the California Coastal Commission), as well as the September 2015 amendments approved by the City Council which addressed parking standards.  Additionally, if this measure is adopted, the City Council will have the flexibility to directly address future amendments to the Town Center Plan and associated Municipal Code provisions, although further amendments would also require certification by the California Coastal Commission.  

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 and Public Parking Improvement Measure has been placed on the ballot by the Dana Point City Council.  This measure provides that if it and the 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

City of Dana Point

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Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The City of Dana Point is committed to implementing the Town Center Plan and its vision of transforming the Lantern District into a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use district. This revitalized district will serve the community and create a more meaningful and memorable place that adds to the identity and quality of life in Dana Point.  The 2016 Town Center & Public Parking Improvement Measure will help ensure achievement of those goals.

Let us remind you of the history of the Town Center Plan.

•  2006 – Plan unanimously approved by City Council after 30 public meetings held

•  2008 – Plan unanimously approved by California Coastal Commission

•  2010 – Survey finds Town Center revitalization one of the top priorities of residents

•  2013 – Project is value engineered resulting in $3 million savings

•  2015 – City completes improvements to Town Center while incurring no debt

Additionally, the City developed and adopted a parking plan for the Town Center which built on the community’s prior extensive work.  This parking plan recognizes that the parking spaces in the Town Center need to be better managed by converting the existing private lots into shared public parking and also addresses potential spillover into adjacent neighborhoods.  A vote for this Measure affirms the progress made to date and the commitment of the residents of Dana Point to implementing the vision of the Town Center Plan.      

If you are in favor of revitalizing the Lantern District, of ridding that area of its vacant lots and empty storefronts, of improving the management of our parking supply, are in support of the progress we’ve made so far and would like to continue moving our city forward, those are the things that this Measure will help accomplish.  And that is why the Dana Point City Council urges you to vote YES on the 2016 Town Center & Public Parking Improvement Measure. 

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

Argumento EN CONTRA

VOTE NO!  THE COUNCIL’S DECEPTIVE MEASURE:

•  DOES NOT IMPROVE PUBLIC PARKING

•  DOES NOT SUPPORT THE 2008 TOWN CENTER PLAN

•  CANCELS THE 2015 TOWN CENTER INITIATIVE

IF IT WINSTHE COUNCIL’S PARKING PLAN:

•  REDUCES all parking requirements even though a lot of development is underway with the higher requirements

•  REDUCES restaurant parking from 10 to 2 spaces per 1,000 square feet, not even enough for employees

•  REDUCES other commercial parking by 50%

•  REDUCES parking for high density residential units

•  PRODUCES TRAFFIC CONGESTION and PARKING NIGHTMARES

•  DISCOURAGES new BUSINESSES in Town Center and existing businesses will suffer

•  LEAVES TAXPAYERS on the hook to provide future parking

City government has already spent over $20,000,000 of taxpayers’ money on Town Center for the BUSINESS DISTRICT desired by residents, with new shops and restaurants that also produce sales tax revenue and jobs.  Now the City is catering to developers and special interests, turning Town Center into a high density RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.

CITY GOVERNMENT IGNORES RESIDENTS. Despite a Planning Commission denial and residents’ strenuous objections,  3 Councilmembers approved a major residential project:  

•  109 RESIDENTIAL UNITS •  56 to 59 FOOT TOWERS vs 40 FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT

•  4 STORIES vs 3 STORY LIMIT

•  PARKING SPACE REDUCTIONS saving developers millions

•  BUILDINGS OVER AND UNDER PUBLIC ALLEYWAYS to make them larger and more profitable for developers

THE CITIZENS’ 2015 TOWN CENTER INITIATIVE SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT BUT MAKES DEVELOPERS FOLLOW THE RULES.  It prevents 3 councilmembers from changing the Town Center Plan anytime and without voter approval.  Developers and special interests fear passage of the Citizen’s Initiative and support the Council’s measure to increase their profits at taxpayers’ expense.

VOTE NO TO OPPOSE THESE PARKING REDUCTIONS

VOTE NO TO SUPPORT THE ORIGINAL TOWN CENTER PLAN

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 Developm

— City of Dana Point

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

THE CITY COUNCIL DOES NOT CLEARLY DISCLOSE ANY DETAILS OR COST  OF  THEIR  “LANTERN  DISTRICT  PLAN”  FOR  DEVELOPMENT, PARKING OR THEIR REDUCED REQUIREMENTS. The Council’s approval of  denser  residential  buildings  that  exceed  height  and  floor  limits  and the  reduction  of  the  parking requirements  mean  that  Dana  Point  will no longer be the attractive coastal village envisioned by Dana Point residents and visitors, able to attract desirable businesses to Town Center.

 PASSAGE OF MEASURE I:

•  CANCELS MEASURE H if it passes with more votes

•  CAUSES  PARKING  SHORTAGES  that  will  produce  traffic congestion  and  overflow  parking,  knowingly  turning  our neighborhoods  into  parking  lots  with  restricted  or  metered parking and discouraging business success

•  CITES  A  FLAWED  ECONOMIC  REPORT  blaming  prohibitive parking standards,   whereas a large project at PCH and Golden Lantern was approved on 2/22/2016 using the original standards; other  developments  have  been  approved  including  three buildings with 109 condos, a retail outlet and several restaurants

•  ALLOWS THE CITY COUNCIL TO  INCREASE THE HEIGHT AND FLOOR  LIMITS  for  greater  density  to  benefit  developers  and special interests

•  Council can continue to change the plan

•  EXPECTS  TAXPAYERS  TO  PAY  for  an  irresponsible  parking plan;  no  debt  was  incurred  for Town  Center  improvements  but City spent approximately $20,000,000 of taxpayer money

 VOTE NO ON MEASURE I

REJECT THE IRRESPONSIBLE PARKING REDUCTIONS

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

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Measure I, more commonly known as the Town Center and Parking Improvement Measure, not only supports the Town Center Plan, it affirms the steps taken to date to successfully implement it.  So beware.  It is the argument against Measure I which is deceptive, not the Measure itself.

This Measure does the following.

• Incorporates the Town Center Plan

•  Adopts the City’s Parking Plan developed in accordance with the Town Center Plan

• Requires  developers  to  pay  more  in-lieu parking  fees  than proposed by the independent parking consultant

•  Approves  the  steps taken  to address potential parking  spillover into neighborhoods adjacent to the Lantern District

The argument against the Measure fails to inform you of the following.

• Independent  parking  studies  recommended  the  City’s  Parking Plan

•  There is not a shortage of parking spaces in the Lantern District; rather the issue is how those spaces are managed

•  This  Measure  supports  the  increase of  shared  public  parking spaces in the Lantern District

The City listens to its residents.  

•  2010  –  Survey  finds  Town  Center  revitalization  one  of  the  top priorities of residents

• 2014  –  Dana  Point  voters  send  message  that  Town  Center revitalization is still a top priority

The  City  of  Dana  Point  remains  committed  to  implementing  the  Town Center  Plan  and  its  vision  of  transforming  the  Lantern  District  into  a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use district.  A vote for this Measure is a vote to help ensure achievement of those goals.  That is why the Dana Point City Council urges you to vote YES on Measure I.

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
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