CM4RG PRESS RELEASE:
Costa Mesans for Responsible Government Supports the Citizen’s Rights to be Heard
COSTA MESA, California, August 15, 2015 – Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) announces their support for Costa Mesa First’s “An Initiative to Require Voter Approval on Certain Development Projects”. This initiative enables the citizens of Costa Mesa to have a voice in developments that do not comply with the established General Plan or zoning codes. CM4RG’s core belief is that a responsible government listens to their citizens.
This initiative promotes responsible growth. It does not affect well-designed projects that conform to the established guidelines. If a developer proposes a project that complies with Costa Mesa’s General Plan and maintains the established zoning, the process remains the same. If the project requires substantial changes to the General Plan and zoning, then the citizens will be notified, and the developer will present its project to the citizens. Projects that add less than 40 residential units, 10,000 square feet of commercial space, or 200 new vehicle trips will not need voter approval.
The Planning Commission often hears proposals on large projects that violate the General Plan or zoning restrictions. A large, non-compliant development may be passed by a vote of as few as 3 Commissioners. It is then forwarded to the City Council where only 3 votes can change the rules to allow projects that negatively affect residents of Costa Mesa for years into the future. The initiative guards against such circumstances.
Jay Humphrey, a proponent of the initiative, says, “If we have to live with the impacts of major development changes in our community, we should have the ability to vote if we want to live with those impacts for the next 40 years or not. A council is only around for the new phase of what they vote for and are usually out of office when the newness wears off and we get to live with what’s left, warts and all.”
CM4RG believes a government responsible to its citizens strives to comply with the goals and objectives of the General Plan. CM4RG supports this initiative because we believe that the citizens of Costa Mesa often have not been heard, and deserve a voice in changes to land use and development that can substantially impact their quality of life.
For more information about the initiative, see http://www.costamesa1st.com/
Jay’s contacts: Jay Humphrey 1620 Sandalwood St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Phone: 714-751-6552
“We believe this initiative is reasonable and responsible and will give a voice to those most affected by large new developments, the residents. For many people their home is the biggest investment they will every make. Renters as well as owners pay a premium to live in Costa Mesa. If this passes we get to weigh the effects of proposals on our quality of life, and decide what is acceptable at the polls.” -Robin Leffler, CM4RG