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Land Use Measure
City of Pacifica
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 7,180 / 48.3% Yes votes ...... 7,689 / 51.7% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 4 9:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (30/30)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
Shall the Initiative authorizing the City of Pacifica City Council to approve a mixed-use residential and commercial development on the Rockaway Quarry, subject to specified conditions, be adopted?
Existing Law: Pacifica Ordinance No. 391 C.S., adopted by City voters on November 8, 1983, specifies that "any residential development of the [Quarry] . . . shall require a vote of the people." The City's General Plan designates the Quarry as a "Special Area," and contemplates a mixture of commercial, residential, and civic uses for this site and the surrounding area. Likewise, the Rockaway Beach Specific Plan, adopted by the City in 1986, states that "residential uses may be appropriate for portions of the Quarry if an initiative measure is approved permitting such use. The density, location and other elements relative to residential use of the Quarry would be determined by evaluation of those specific residential project proposals which are consistent with and permitted by a future initiative measure."
Effect of Measure L: If adopted, Measure L would satisfy the requirements of Ordinance No. 391-C.S., and would grant the City Council the discretionary authority to enter into a development agreement approving a mixed use residential and commercial development, so long as that agreement does all of the following:
Measure L does not require approval of any development. Nor does it propose any specific mix of residential housing types or, with the exception of the luxury hotel and restaurant, any specific commercial or retail uses. Likewise, while Measure L specifies minimum requirements for protection of open space, it does not specify minimum requirements for the number of residential units or luxury hotel rooms.
To be adopted, Measure L must receive "yes" votes from a majority of the voters voting on it.
|Arguments For Measure L||Arguments Against Measure L|
|Today we have the opportunity to realize a better future for Pacifica. We choose to live here because of the sense of community and the beautiful land. Yet, Pacifica is not what it once was + we are losing what we once enjoyed.
We have the opportunity to make this one of the most special small towns in California.
The Rockaway Quarry is a blighted, environmentally scarred property. In 1983, we chose to make the Quarry the cornerstone of the city's economic future. It is clear that the Quarry will be developed. Right now we have the opportunity to realize the benefits of what is best for our future.
Envision a vibrant town center with parks and trails and at least 45% open space, a place for a new city hall and a library. Imagine a gathering spot with small shops, stores and restaurants. Picture a luxury hotel that will attract visitors and businesses. And, visualize a residential neighborhood where our children can play outside and we can walk to the town center.
This vision, created over a year and at the charrette, means we can realize more than $17 million each year in new tax revenue. Compare that with the city's current annual budget of $24 million. And compared to what could be legally built there today, reliable studies show this vision reduces traffic to one-eighth. In addition, they show 1,697 jobs will be created during the construction phase and 2,068 once the project is complete. All this measure asks is to allow the land owner to submit an application for this vision and for the city with independent experts to study it.
Let's create a better future for our city + let's make this the special small town our families can enjoy for generations.
Please vote YES on Measure L.
/s/ James A. Heldberg August 16, 2006 1996 Rockaway Quarry Steering Committee
/s/ James C. Wagner August 16, 2006 Former Planning Commissioner, Pacifica
/s/ Paul Strom August 17, 2006 Past President, Chamber of Commerce
/s/ Michelle Keaney August 17, 2006 Teacher, Cabrillo School
/s/ Hal Ash August 17,2006
There is NO PLAN on the ballot, even though there could and should have been. The developer's pretty pictures are not real and are not on the ballot. The South Florida developer is asking Pacificans to blindly trust him. Measure L contains nothing that forces the developer to deliver on his empty promises of a town center, library, city hall, arts center, or aquatic center. That's why the proponents' argument uses words like "envision," "imagine," "picture," and "visualize."
1. Why doesn't the proponents' argument even mention 355 HOUSING UNITS, with the tremendous increase in COMMUTE TRAFFIC?
2. Why are Pacificans being denied the opportunity to vote on a FINISHED PLAN that shows exactly what would be built and what the ENVIRONMENTAL and TRAFFIC impacts would be?
3. Why are we being asked to approve 355 housing units without a binding Development Agreement?
4. Why believe that the defeat of Measure L must result in a bad development? Don't buy the developer's threats. It's not true that we have to choose between a 355-unit housing development or a big box store. Pacifica deserves better! Measure L doesn't make Pacifica a better place. It makes it far worse.
Don't let Pacifica go to "L"
Vote NO on 355 HOUSING UNITS
Vote NO on MORE TRAFFIC
Vote NO on Measure L
For more information, visit http://www.PacificaQuarry.org
/s/ Stella M. Pilgrim Vice Chair, 1996 Quarry Steering Committee
/s/ Andrew Leone Co-Chair, Pacificans for Sustainable Development
/s/ Noel Blincoe Concerned Manor Residents, Chair
/s/ Victor Carmichael Chair, Committee to Save the Fish & Bowl
/s/ Ken Restivo Co-Chair, Pacifica Today & Tomorrow
|ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE L
Don't be fooled! You are NOT voting on a "new urbanism" town center.
The plan dangled before Pacificans is NOT on the ballot. The only reason
for Measure L is to allow 355 housing units.
VOTE NO on 355 HOUSING UNITS
/s/ Karen Rosenstein August 15, 2006 Co-Chair, Pacifica Today & Tomorrow
/s/ Peter Loeb August 15, 2006 Former Pacifica Mayor
/s/ Dinah Verby August 17, 2006 Pacificans for Sustainable Development
/s/ Lennie Roberts August 15, 2006 Committee for Green Foothills
/s/ Mark Massara August 15, 2006 Director, Sierra Club Coastal Programs
Those opposed are willing to gamble nothing will ever be built here if L fails.
Make no mistake within environmental realities this property will be developed. It is not a question of if, it is what will be built.
Twenty-three years ago we chose this location as the economic engine by creating a redevelopment area + meaning we get to keep more of the taxes than the state takes. Today, without a YES vote, Don Peebles, as a property owner could apply for a big box, resulting in much more traffic and less tax revenue. We are unwilling to take that chance + are you?
YES ON L means Don Peebles can apply for a project to dramatically increase benefits over what is allowed today while drastically reducing impacts.
YES ON L guarantees with not more than 355 residences there must be:
At least 45% open space,
Not more than a 350 suite luxury hotel,
A town center with shops,
A variety of homes - single family, live work, town homes, and apartments.
YES ON L means:
Land for a new city hall and public library,
Double the tax revenue - $17,000,000/year,
Needed funding for our schools,
Funding to fix our pier, sewage plant, and for police, fire and affordable homes.
YES ON L gives us 1,697 construction - 2,068 permanent jobs.
YES ON L gives us a better Pacifica.
/s/ James C. Wagner August 22, 2006
/s/ Michelle Keaney August 23, 2006
/s/ Hal Ash August 23, 2006
/s/ James A. (Jim) Heldberg August 24, 2006
/s/ Paul Strom August 27, 2006
|Full Text of Measure L|
|AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE RESIDENTAL DEVELOPMENT PRESERVING ACCESSIBLE OPEN SPACE AND ADDING OTHER MIXED USES ON THE ROCKAWAY QUARRY PARCEL IN THE CITY OF PACIFICA
To the Honorable City Clerk for the City of Pacifica:
We, the undersigned, registered and qualified voters of the City of Pacifica hereby propose an initiative measure as follows. We petition you to submit this initiative measure to the City Council of Pacifica for submission of the measure to the voters of the City of Pacifica at the next general election on November 7, 2006, or if the initiative does not qualify by the required date, a future special election as provided by law.
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF PACIFICA DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Whereas the parcel of land, A.P. #018-150-100, 018-150-120, and 018-150-150, commonly known as the Rockaway Quarry, is currently zoned under a C-3x designation, authorized for up to 2.1 million square feet of commerical development and could be developed without any residential component pursuant to current City of Pacifica Codes;
Whereas Ordinance No, 391-C.S., passed and approved by the voters of the City of Pacifica at the General Municipal Election held on November 8, 1983, requires a vote of the people to approve any residential development on the parcel;
Whereas the purpose of this initiative measure is to fully comply with Ordinance No. 391-C.S. in regard to the authorization of residential development, as well as require that any development of the Rockaway Quarry that includes a residential component also provides additional benefits for the residents and City of Pacifica to be detailed in a development agreement evidencing a commitment from the developer.
In accordance with Ordinance No. 391-C.S. the City Council is authorized to approve a mixed use residential and commerical development on the parcel known as the Rockaway Quarry, so long as the development plan complies with all land use regulations in effect at the time and is subject to complete environmental review and certification, preserves and protects at least 45% of the land as publicly accessible open space, preserves public access to privately owned open space, includes a luxury hotel of up to 350 rooms and restaurant, retail and commerical space, and consists of up to 355 residential units of varying types and includes a commitment from the developer that all of the elements of the development will be built and completed, conditioned on the receipt of all applicable regulatory approvals.
If any provision of this intitiative of the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invald, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this initiative that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this initiative are severable.
Application of Initiative
The provisions of this initiative do not address, are not intended to, and shall not be applied to conflict in any way with state or federal law, or local administrative actions required by state or federal law.