Redondo Beach Harbor Zoning, Measure G (November 2010)

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A Redondo Beach Harbor Zoning, Measure G ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County.[1] It was approved.

Measure G was voted onto the ballot by a majority of the members of the Redondo Beach City Council in response to a court ruling by Judge Robert O’Brien on a lawsuit filed against the city by "Building a Better Redondo" (BBR), an activist group that supports slow-growth policies in the city. Judge O'Brien's decision said that zoning ordinances adopted by the City Council amount only to “contemplated legislation” and cannot take effect as official law until the California Coastal Commission signs off on them.[1]

Measure G zoning was broken into three main areas:

  1. The harbor/pier area - zoned largely for commercial, hotel and timeshare development with one small park.
  2. The AES power plant site which allows power plant and other public utilities (like a desalination plant) uses. Park zoning was permitted on this site, but was not defined or required.
  3. A 21 acre area west of Catalina Drive. This area allowed a variety of development from mixed use housing, to commercial, to industrial, to storage units.

A "yes" vote on Measure G was a vote to approve Redondo Beach's Local Coastal Plan (LCP). The California Coastal Act required cities and counties located within the California coastal zone to submit Local Coastal Plan for certification.

A "yes" vote on G was a vote to:

  • Allow 400,000 sq ft of additional development to the harbor area.
  • Allow 540,000 sq ft of additional development along Catalina Ave.
  • Allow continuation of the AES power plant and the addition of a desalination plant. This area has no set development cap or height limits.

Election results

Measure G
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 12,622 52.5%
No11,42247.5%
These final, certified results are from the Smartvoter.org, California, Los Angeles County elections information.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Coastal Land Use Plan and the Zoning Ordinance for the Coastal Zone for the AES Power Plant, the Catalina Avenue corridor and Harbor/Pier areas of the City of Redondo Beach be amended to provide for major changes in existing policies and development standards including: affirming Coastal Commission recommendations, limiting total development, height limitations, floor-area-ratio limitations, permitting parks on the AES site and gaining additional local authority to issue coastal development authority.[2]

Support

"Yes on G" campaign logo

Don Szerlip, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, held a press conference at the Redondo Beach Yacht Club on September 21 to present the case for a "yes" vote on Measure G.[3]

The mayor of Redondo Beach and all city council members except Bill Brand supported Measure G.[3]

Michael Zislis, owner of the Shade Hotel, was interested in developing a boutique hotel at the marina. He said that a "yes" vote on Measure G could enable that and if it does, the hotel taxes on the property could generate between $500,000-$700,000 for the city each year.[3]

Organizations supporting a "yes" vote included:

  • Redondo Moms for a Yes Vote. Roseanne Tracy of this group said, "I am tired of taking my kids to other cities. I’d like to keep them here in our city….There are not going to be giant buildings. We don’t want condos and we don’t want big office buildings. We want a nice place to go like the Metlox area over in Manhattan Beach or up on the Hill – someplace nice you can take your kids."[4]
  • Save Our Seaside
  • The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association
  • The Redondo Beach Firefighters Association.[3]

According to Szerlip, supporters ."..are united in the belief that now is the time to move forward in Redondo Beach with an eye toward controlling growth and saving money. Measure G is a sensible, community-based land use plan giving us local control over the future of our harbor, our pier areas, including the power to limit new development. Specifically, it preserves ocean views and sensitive environmental areas, prevents residential development west of Harbor Drive and at the AES power plant’s site. It gives Redondo Beach, instead of the state, control over development permits and requires a public boat launch to be built as part of the harbor improvements. It calls for a minimum 10-foot-wide paved Esplanade adjacent to the water’s edge. It allows for parks, open space and recreational areas at the AES power plant site, and it adopts the Coastal Commission’s recommendations for our areas."[5]

Opposition

Opponents of Measure G included the groups Building a Better Redondo (BBR), Sierra Club, South Bay Parkland Conservancy and Councilman Bill Brand.

Jim Light was the chair of Building a Better Redondo.[6]

According to BBR, the zoning change proposed in Measure G would not have provided the zoning limits and restrictions required to balance development against resident quality of life.

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