Redondo Beach Harbor Zoning, Measure G (November 2010)
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.
Measure G zoning is broken into three main areas:
- The harbor/pier area - zoned largely for commercial, hotel and timeshare development with one small park.
- The AES power plant site which allows power plant and other public utilities (like a desalination plant) uses. Park zoning is permitted on this site, but is not defined or required.
- A 21 acre area area west of Catalina Drive. This area allows 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 requires 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.
- Results are from the Los Angeles County election results website
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.|
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.
The mayor of Redondo Beach and all city council members except Bill Brand supported Measure G.
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.
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."
- Save Our Seaside
- The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association
- The Redondo Beach Firefighters Association.
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."
Opponents of Measure G included Building a Better Redondo (BBR), Sierra Club, South Bay Parkland Conservancy and Councilman Bill Brand.
Jim Light is the chair of Building a Better Redondo.
According to BBR, the zoning change proposed in Measure G would not provide the zoning limits and restrictions required to balance development against resident quality of life.
- Measure G Supplemental Ballot Book
- Building a Better Redondo
- Save Our Seaside
- Redondo Moms for Measure G
- Redondo Beach Chamber Issues PAC
- Measure G ballot long on details
- Easy Reader News, "Harbor zoning will go on November ballot", August 11, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Redondo Beach Patch, "Measure G Backers Voice Their Support", September 21, 2010
- Easy Reader News, "Coalition forms in support of new harbor zoning", September 22, 2010
- The Beach Reporter, "Supporters speak out on Measure G", September 22, 2010
- Easy Reader News, "BBR attacks Measure G", October 13, 2010