By Kristina Pritchett
The Dana Point City Council is taking the next steps to implement Measure H into the city after approving a resolution that certified and declared the June 7 election results.
On Tuesday night, the resolution passed four to zero, with an abstention from Councilman Joe Muller, who was absent from the meeting. The resolution declared the vote and allows staff to prepare an amendment to the Local Coastal Program.
More than 11,000 ballots were cast in the June election, with 6,477 votes (58.7 percent) in favor of the 2015 Town Center Initiative (Measure H).
During the public portion of the meeting, Capistrano Beach resident Buck Hill asked whether it would be possible for the city not to seek an LCPA amendment.
Councilman Scott Schoeffel stated he would like to see an interpretive letter sent to the California Coastal Commission stating that a formal LCPA amendment is not necessary and added it could speed the process along.
Community Development Director Ursula Luna-Reynosa stated the staff could add the letter, but it’s ultimately up to the Commission.
Earlier in the meeting, City Manager Doug Chotkevys said the Council may need to wait two weeks for Tuesday’s minutes to be approved by the council to submit the LCPA.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for July 19 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.