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DP city logoBy 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.

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comments (27)

  • Its 9:40 and looking forward to an up date!

  • The late Harold Kaufman must be spining in his grave.

  • Lantern district Resident Reply

    Curiously Measure H and I show no precincts reporting as of 11:30pm whereas all other statewide elections are showing 30 – 50% of precincts reporting…

  • Well, now it’s past midnight and it’s Wednesday, June 8th.
    1 precinct of the 24 precincts has been counted (4%) and the percentage trendline is unchanged.

    I really don’t understand why, in the digital data era of 2016, that these counts are so slow??
    I’m going to bed, comforted that the returns are eventually coming in.

    Tonight, a reporter on network TV explained (for me the first time) that the 0% Precincts reporting just presents you with the Absentee Ballot vote tally. I’m glad I voted weeks ago.

    • Lantern district resident Reply

      Especially considering that all of the other county wide elections are showing 90-100% of precincts reporting as of 12:30am. Something smells really fishy…

      • Lantern district resident Reply

        Okay I can sleep now…22 of 24 precincts reported. measure H gets almost 60%. Talk about a mandate…

    • South County votes always last to be updated. The ballot machines are driven to a collection point, then driven in to the Registrar of Voters, where they are downloaded and counted.

      Although this is the digital era, the voting machines are not hooked up to the Internet or any other data-transmission system, to prevent any chance of hacking or manipulation.

  • The city essentially broke the first rule of urban planning: Never build infrastructure without prior developer commitments. So after they invested 20 mil of our money and had no significant commitments they unilaterally decided to alter the zoning regulations to attract more builders. Fortunately tax paying residents are not as dumb as the city thinks.

  • It looks like the same 4200 – 4600 confused people who signed the 2015 Town Center Initiative petition showed up to vote for Measure H. Does a 59% Yes margin clear up the confusion? Maybe the confused people in Dana Point were really the individuals who thought up Measure I, like City manager Doug Chotkevys, City attorney Patrick Munoz, City council members John Tomlinson, Richard Viczorek, Carlos Olvera and Joe Mueller.

    Apparently Dana Point voters are not confused. They do know what they want and it is not deceptive competing initiatives, or more public money spent on the Lantern District ($650,000 for the decorative arch) and no more parking giveaways to developers. The door is now closed to more Majestic/Raintree schemes. Now we need new council members and city staff who are NOT confused about whose city government it really is.

    • The people of Dana Point have spoken loud and clear. The city council and the city manager have misappropriated and misused our taxpayers funds. We have created a clear mandate that this behavior and those actions are unacceptable. The voters of this great Community are now transitioninga into addressing the ultimateultimate problem.

      Starting immediately we are focusing on voting too confident city council members on to the city council in November. The three remaining city councilman will be addressed and a potential recall thereafter. Take action Dana Point our lives and Community depend upon it. The power of the people have prevailed congratulations.

    • Measure H passed with full commemorative ceremony, its our plan the “Residents of Dana Point to vote on what we want for or “original” Town Center Initiate”

  • Concerned Citizen Reply

    Great results. Now to replace every single person in the Dana Point government positions.

  • The results of Measure H speak to a truly informed and sophisticated public. I pored over the voting pamphlet several times and wrote notes along the margins to try to make sense out of the competing claims for and against Measure H and Measure I. This was among the most obfuscatory and convoluted double-speak (apologies to George Orwell) I have ever read. Kudos to all who voted in favor of H and opposition to I.

  • To all concerned citizens we will turn the city council! What this city council has done could be and episode on American Greed.

    Congratulations to everyone, every citizen that gave their Blood Sweat and Tears to helping H pass.

  • Thanks to the Dana Point Times for your unbiased comparison of the two measures just days before the election. I believe that if any residents were confused by the competing arguments and letters, your timely unbiased article helped folks decide how to vote (regardless of which way they chose). Kudos.

    • I agree Tracey. It was so hard for Measure H to get the word out on this complicated issue – especially with Council putting up needless Measure I to confuse everyone. The I campaign had much more money thanks to developers and real estate pacs. This resounding win says a lot about the intelligence and plain old common sense of Dana Point voters. We saw through the lies and glossy brochures and figured out which side was protecting the town we know and love. Hopefully the 4 councilmen who approved Measure I will have the decency to resign before they’re recalled. Their attempt to subvert the democratic process in fighting a duly certified citizens initiative was shameful.

  • Play by the Rules Reply

    This isn’t over. I’m sure the city council, planning officers and the developers that own them will be at Luxe tonight crying in their beer and plotting revenge

    • I think it is time to run for local office. Look at what happened in SJC with the developers and town council running amok. Poor city and for what purpose. I avoid going there because of the horrendous traffic.

    • Lantern District Resident Reply

      Correct, that’s why this doesn’t stop w Measure H but follows w a recall as @Susan Brown and others have suggested. Given Munoz’s propensity to spend our money to generate billable hours for his firm, I imagine some legal challenge is not far off. So a recall that removes the class of 2014 and then Munoz and Chotkevys is the only way to ensure the intent of Measure H will be secured.

      • LDR
        I agree with your comment. Dana Point will be a better place when Munoz and Chotkevys are gone from our city government. Removing the class of 2014 wont make much of an impact as long as the real thought leaders are still in power. Fortunately there seem to be more people understanding that situation in our community since we had to put Measure H to the voters.
        Maybe they will take the hint?

  • DP Local Since 1973 Reply

    The Headlands development should not be underestimated to have drawn DP residents attention to the city’s allegiance to developers. It has been very disappointing to see a council so disconnected from the residents and their wishes for modest development. The mayor and other council members deliberately made misleading statements about Strands Beach, building heights, parking, and vacant lots. To insult us more, they rejected the planning commission’s recommendations and created a competing measure I to try to confuse resident voters. This is our city, not the developers who want to turn us into a 5 star resort to take in $$$ for themselves. Sad…time for a new council of regular folks who care about residents.

    • Hearing you clearly, DP Local! I think you represent the majority of Dana Point residents out there. It’s time for the residents to clean house in a big way. We need honest Councilmen and women with no allegiance to special interests and developers, and we need a new City Manager and Attorney. They are the real power behind a Council that has been incredibly weak and uninformed. The Class of 2014 has been very disappointing. They seldom ask questions; rubber stamp multi million dollar budgets, and NEVER disagree with or question the City attorney or Manager. We have the tail wagging the dog in our town. Time to get out a fire hose and clean things up! We need intelligent, informed City Council members who will watch dog our financial resources and promote responsible development that preserves our coastal village.

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