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Orange County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure S
Irvine Sustainable Community Initiative
City of Irvine

Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 35,239 / 66.8% Yes votes ...... 17,479 / 33.2% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 2:58pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (129/129)
55.4% Voter Turnout (898,205/1,621,934)
Information shown below: Official Information | Impartial Analysis |
Official Sources of Information
Impartial Analysis from Philip D. Kohn<br4>ity Attorney
This ballot measure, if adopted by the City's voters, would endorse the prior decisions and actions of the City of Irvine to adopt policies and establish programs in support of renewable energy and the protection of the environment. In addition to ratifying these decisions and actions, the ballot measure would direct the City to continue to develop and implement such programs, and would further direct the City to develop and implement a comprehensive "Sustainability Plan" for the Orange County Great Park.

More specifically, the ballot measure encourages the continuation and expansion of policies and practices, including incentive programs, relating to the following subjects:

  • Green building standards promoting energy and resource conservation for new and retrofitted buildings and homes
  • Development of innovative technologies by businesses for renewable energy, energy and resource conservation, recycling and alternative fuel transportation
  • Support local businesses by job creation, education and training for "green" technologies
  • Loan programs for participation in residential and commercial building retrofits for energy conservation and renewable energy
  • Waived, reduced or deferred fees for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, such as solar energy system installations
  • Alternative transportation modes and programs
  • Recycling and other programs to divert waste from landfills
  • Use of drought-tolerant native landscaping The Sustainability Plan that is required by the ballot measure to be implemented for the Orange County Great Park would encompass the following key concepts:
  • Provision of ecological habitats and wildlife connections to reflect natural heritage and enhance regional biodiversity
  • Integration of recreational and environmental education opportunities
  • Establishment of sustainable agricultural management practices
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Conservation and protection of natural and potable water resources
  • Protection and improvement of human health and productivity
  • Reduction of use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduction of adverse impacts of construction materials and waste generation
  • Provision of transit-oriented development
  • Development of an urban forestry program
  • Commitment to green building standards for new construction
  • Ongoing measurements and monitoring of key sustainability metrics

The ability to amend or repeal the provisions of the ballot measure is limited. If adopted, the provisions contained in the ballot measure could be subsequently amended by a four-fifths vote of the City Council, but only to the extent such amendments further or expand the intent and objectives of the measure. Otherwise, all other amendments or any proposed repeal of the measure must be approved by the voters to be effective.

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