About Measure Y:

Costa Mesa First's primary objective is to require Costa Mesa’s leaders to put the residents of Costa Mesa first. Under Measure Y, the Costa Mesa First Smart Growth Initiative that passed into law in November 2016, Costa Mesa voters now have a say in approving major changes to our existing zoning and General Plan. Only developments that propose a significant increase in density and traffic that need zoning and General Plan changes require a vote by the residents. The ordinance allows (without an election) any development that conforms to the General Plan and zoning. There is no taking away of existing entitlements. The City Council still must review and approve General Plan and zoning prior to voter approval for any major change in land use. The ordinance requires that the City provide documents so voters can educate themselves about proposed projects.

Full text of Measure Y:

The City's summary:

How to determine if a project is subject to Measure Y:

Would the proposed project require a change to the General Plan or zoning code?

YES   

AND

Does it involve one of the following changes to the existing land use? 

 

Add more than 200 daily trips,

Add more than 40 dwelling units,

or

Add more than 10,000 sq. ft.
nonresidential floor area

YES   

NO

NOT SUBJECT TO VOTER APPROVAL

NO

NOT SUBJECT TO VOTER APPROVAL

VOTERS DECIDE