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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

City of Costa Mesa
Measure Y Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

26,132 votos si (68.4%)

12,081 votos no (31.6%)

100% de distritos activos (66/66).

Shall the ordinance to require voter approval of development projects that require adoption, amendment, change or replacement of the General Plan, the Zoning Code, a specific plan, or an overlay plan, and that generates over 200 additional trips, increases intersection volume/capacity, changes the intersection utilization/level of service, adds 40 or more dwelling units, adds 10,000 sq.' of non-residential use, or changes a public use to a private use under specified conditions, 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” is a vote to adopt an ordinance to require voter approval of development projects that require adoption, amendment, change or replacement of the General Plan, the Zoning Code, a specific plan, or an overlay plan, and that generates over 200 additional trips, increases intersection volume/capacity, changes the intersection utilization/level of service, adds 40 or more dwelling units, adds 10,000 sq.’ of non-residential use, or changes a public use to a private use under specified conditions.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” is a vote not to adopt the ordinance proposed the An Initiative To Require Voter Approval On Certain Development Projects.


No document was filed.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Orange County Registrar of Voters

Measure Y, known as “An Initiative to Require Voter Approval on Certain Development Projects”, would amend the Costa Mesa Municipal Code to require voter approval of certain changes in land use (“Changes”), defined as those projects that amend, change or replace the General Plan, the Zoning Code, a specific plan, or an overlay plan, and that involve any one of the following changes: generates more than 200 additional average daily trips; increases the volume/capacity of an intersection based on specified formulas; changes the intersection capacity utilization or level of service based on specified formulas; adds 40 or more dwelling units; adds 10,000 square feet of retail, office or other nonresidential; or, where the proposed project, combined with other projects within 8 years and a half-mile of each other, meet the above criteria. Voter approval would be required for: changes from public uses to private uses under specified circumstances; land designated as utility right-of-way under specified circumstances; land donated, bequeathed or otherwise granted to the City; land used or designated for Costa Mesa school property; or land owned, controlled or managed by the City.

The Measure does not apply to the following: a Change limited to allowing the development of public schools or hospitals or to properties with legal non-conforming residential units in existence prior to July 17, 2016, where the proposed amendment, change or replacement meets specified condition; projects that have acquired vested rights prior to November 25, 2016; to the extent that the provisions of the ordinance would violate state of federal laws or would result in an unconstitutional taking of private property; or to affordable housing proposals required by state or federal law.

The Measure would apply retroactively to require voter approval of any Change that occurred on or after July 17, 2015, except for those involving the General Plan. For the General Plan, voter approval would be required for a Change that occurred on or after November 25, 2016.

The Measure requires that any proposed Change to be submitted to the voters at either a general or special election after the City Council has first approved the change pursuant to applicable state and local laws. The resulting election must take place on the first regular municipal election following City Council approval of the project; or by mutual agreement with the project proponent, a special election may be called, the cost of which must be borne solely by the project proponent. These requirements would delay final approval of projects from six months (special election) up to two years (general election). Such requirements add an element of uncertainty in the development process. The voter approval requirements increase the risk that a project will not be approved, require an investment of capital prior to placing the proposed project in front of the voters, and by prolonging the process, may decrease the likelihood that these types of projects will be brought to the city.

This Measure was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters.

Efectos fiscales

No document was filed.

Tax rate

No document was filed.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure Y is a citizens’ initiative to give the people of Costa Mesa control of their future. A vote FOR Measure Y is a vote about the future of our neighborhoods and our community, ensuring that residents determine the future character of Costa Mesa. Measure Y supports responsible smart growth and will:

• Mandate voter approval of significant changes to our city

• Require developers to clearly disclose project impacts on the community

• Give residents final say when projects affect their neighborhoods

• Preserve and protect our quality of life, putting the interests of Costa Mesa residents first

Costa Mesa’s City Council majority consistently undermines the best interests of residents by:

• Rezoning for huge, four and five story apartment projects many times the density of our typical neighborhoods

• Approving projects that dramatically increase traffic, noise and pollution and increase cut-through traffic in our neighborhoods

• Ignoring the need for more parks and open space

• Ignoring results of their own survey of residents concerning future land use

A vote for Measure Y will rein in politicians who:

• Attempt to change our General Plan for the benefit of out-of-town developers and real estate speculators over residents’ interests • Allow politically connected developers to get around existing planning and zoning rules to profit from massive development projects

• Ignore what citizens want for Costa Mesa’s future

Your quality of life is at stake. Your property rights and property values are at stake. You deserve the right to decide whether a major land use change is worth the impacts you will have to live with. Measure Y gives you that right.

VOTE YES on Measure Y to require voter approval of general plan changes

VOTE YES on Measure Y to rein in future city councils

VOTE YES on Measure Y to give residents control of their future

Additional information at

s/ Jay Humphrey Former Costa Mesa Council Member and Vice Mayor Member Costa Mesa 1st

s/ Sandra Genis Land Planner Costa Mesa City Council Member

s/ Wendy Leece Former Costa Mesa City Council Member Former NMUSD School Board Trustee

s/ Eleanor Egan Ret. City Attorney Former Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner

s/ Mary Spadoni Retired Investigator, Orange County District Attorney

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

This November, residents of Costa Mesa will decide whether to move to ballot-box city Planning. This gimmick could stunt the city’s economic growth for decades.

Measure Y, will force a vote of certain projects, is so restrictive in nature that if it were in place years ago, Costa Mesa as we know it today wouldn’t exist.

South Coast Plaza, IKEA, Metro Pointe, The Triangle, The Camp, The Lab and SoCo would all have stalled, eliminating dining, entertainment and retail that are the lifeblood of this city, not to mention the major sources of revenue that funds city coffers. The suppression of new housing would essentially lock out middle class families from entering the market.

These funds are used to pay for our Police, Fire and Paramedics. Without this revenue the city would be required to raise sales and property taxes.

Measure Y would require that even after city staff and council approval, projects would then go on the ballot, a possible two more year wait.

While that may sound good to some, the reality of several more years planning and specter of a city-wide vote is a risk business people won’t take.

Business people will not invest the required capital to put a development plan on the ballot if the odds are stacked against passage. It won’t be because they don’t believe in the merits of the project, but because it will face political gamesmanship.

Costa Mesa, for the most part, is a built-out city. Measure Y would cripple Costa Mesa’s innovation and ability to re-invigorate areas of the city that are starting to decay.

Ballot-box planning like Measure Y is just not good government and will force beneficial projects to die on the vine. For the good of the future of Costa Mesa please vote no on Measure Y.

s/ Jim Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem, City of Costa Mesa

s/ John Moorlach Senator Representing Costa Mesa

s/ Julie A. Fowler Housing Advocate/Mom

s/ Julie A. Mercurio Commissioner, City of Costa Mesa

s/ Christopher Scott Bunyan Business Owner

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR


Measure Y does nothing to improve traffic.

Traffic will keep coming with or without Measure Y.


Measure Y’s authors want to set us back to the days of Goat Hill. It doesn’t help traffic.

Keep Costa Mesa moving forward – No on Y.

s/ Julie Fowler Business Woman/Westside Resident

s/ Chuck Perry Long Time Eastside Resident

s/ Lee Ramos City of Costa Mesa Senior Commissioner

s/ Christopher Bunyan Small Business Owner in the LAB

s/ Jim Righeimer Mayor Pro Tem, City of Costa Mesa

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Measure Y isn’t about whether existing developments might have required voter approval in the past. It’s about Costa Mesa’s future.

What the opponents call a “gimmick” is the citizens’ response to a council majority that is unresponsive to the residents whom they purportedly represent.

Opponents of Measure Y claim the sky will fall if residents have any chance to weigh in on excessive development.

Well, the sky hasn’t fallen in Newport Beach, Dana Point, or other cities where citizens approved similar measures to rein in excessive development. Those cities haven’t stopped growing or lost revenue.

In fact, the City’s own study shows that the high density developments promoted by Costa Mesa’s Council majority will create a net cost to the city—a cost to be shouldered by you, the taxpayer, through added fees and reduced services. Their studies also say it “would not be feasible” to provide adequate parkland for all the growth they’ve approved.

All developers and their political cronies need to do is follow the rules, stay within the previously approved General Plan and zoning ordinances, and no vote will be required.

It’s only when proposals with detrimental impacts change the existing well thought-out and established standards that we, the voters, can choose what we want. This encourages developers to design quality projects providing a benefit to the community in order to gain your approval.

If you think you’re at least as smart as developers about what’s right for your community, vote Yes on Measure Y.

s/ Tom Egan Former member NMUSD Board of Education

s/ Robin Leffler President, Costa Mesans For Responsible Government

s/ Teresa Callo (Drain) Veteran’s Advocate s/ Elizabeth “Liz” Dorn Parker Orange County Board of Education Trustee (ret.)

s/ William C. Harader Former NMUSD Teacher

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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