By Kristina Pritchett
Last updated: 1:05 a.m.
Measure H: The 2015 Town Center Initiative (citizen-led initiative)
Yes: 4,571 (59.1%)
No: 3,160 (40.9%)
Measure I: The Town Center and Public Parking Measure (City Council-led initiative)
Yes: 3,184 (41.3%)
No: 4,533 (58.7%)
22 of 24 precincts reporting completed, according to Orange County Registrar.
There are currently no other updates scheduled.
The polls are now closed. Results will be posted sporadically over the course of the evening. The Dana Point Times will continue to update as results are posted.
According to Dana Point Times’ research both of the measures will need 50 percent of votes to pass, plus one extra vote.
If Measure H (the citizen-led initiative) passes, new development would be required to follow previous zoning regulations, which includes specific requirements for different types of buildings. It would also continue in-lieu parking and would require developers to pay $40,000 per space.
If Measure I (the City Council-led initiative) passes, the plan mirrors the Lantern District plan that was adopted by council in September 2015. This plan would have the city continue to seek shared parking spaces, and will require for retail development parking to be public. It would also call for the installation of valet stations and could institute preferential parking zones where residents can park for free with a sticker.
Measure H would require the maximum height of any building feature to not exceed 40 feet, plus 42 inches for machinery or chimneys. That does include the prohibition of elevator shafts that exceed 40 feet. This could mean potential developers would have to choose between a rooftop deck and a third-floor of living space. Measure H would require building height to be measured from the middle of the lowest and highest points on the entire lot.
Under Measure I, as long as the building stops at 40 feet, elevator shafts can be taller. This measure would allow units on side Lantern streets to be stacked in four stories, allowing bottom units to drop from 18-feet to 10-feet, but the bottom floor must still be non-residential. Measure I would measure the building from the middle point of the property at sidewalk level.
Under Measure H, “Any aggrieved person or Dana Point registered voter shall have the right to maintain an action for equitable relief to restrain any violation of this Act, or City failure to enforce the duties imposed on it by this Act.”
If Measure H passes, any zoning changes would have to go to a vote of the Dana Point residents, and then go through Coastal Commission.
The measure with the most votes, if over 50 percent plus one vote, would win. If both measures fail, then the city will continue with its current plant, which is essentially the same plan as Measure I.