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What to do when the state wants your city to shoulder its share of the region’s housing need, but your city likes its suburban development the way it is?
Encinitas came up with an answer, and increasingly cities are following its lead. Cities across the state are pushing for “slow-growth” measures that place additional restrictions on new development. Encinitas’ Proposition A, for example, requires that any zoning amendments get approved by the voters.
Maya Srikrishnan writes about the other cities pushing similar measures, including Del Mar, where proponents of the slow-growth “Voter Approval of Certain Development Projects Initiative” qualified forthe November ballot.
An analysis performed by the city says if approved, it would trigger a popular vote for large projects, projects requiring zoning changes, or projects requiring any exceptions to rules meant to limit the size of projects.
The report concluded such a measure would violate state law (Page 66 of the PDF). Encinitas, the local inspiration for these measures, is facing a struggle to comply with state law when voters have the final say.